Farewell Michael Gove, here were your best bits

Farewell Michael Gove, here were your best bits

Michael Gove has been replaced as education secretary by Nicky Morgan, as David Cameron carries out a drastic cabinet reshuffle. Here are the highlights from his tumultuous four years at the Department for Education.

  • He rebranded the Department for Children, Schools and Families (last led by the hated Ed Balls).
  • He introduced the flagship Conservative manifesto policy of free schools and allowed schools to apply to become academies.

  • He once... 'performed' a segment of Wham Rap! [sic] to a group of schoolchildren.

  • He... 'alienated' teachers.
  • He called his (many) critics "The Blob".

  • He briefed against Theresa May's handling of the so-called Trojan Horse plot by hardline Muslims to take over schools in Birmingham, and was forced to apologise by the prime minister.

  • He once fell over outside Downing Street:

  • His decision to axe Building Schools for the Future in six local authority areas was deemed unlawful due to a lack of consultation by a judicial review.

  • He inspired at least one young devotee at the Conservative Party conference:

  • He sought advice from right-wing historian Niall Ferguson on how to reshape the history curriculum.

  • Also, he once fell over outside Downing Street:

  • He was labelled by one critic as possessing "blinkered, almost messianic, self-belief".

  • He seemed permanently surprised to see journalists outside No 10:

  • He praised Britain's role in World War I, criticising Blackadder for presenting the conflict as a "series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite".

  • He was immortalised in a pin cushion:

  • He starred in one of the greatest cartoons ever:
  • He re-ordered school league tables to give prominence to core subjects.

  • He tried to scrap GCSE exams and bring back O-levels (Gove-levels) but faced a barrage of criticism from Liberal Democrat coalition partners, teachers, trade unions, Labour MPs - pretty much everyone in fact.

  • And finally, he once fell over outside Downing Street:

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