Michael Gove to write to Leicester MPs about city's under-performing primary schools
Education Secretary Michael Gove is writing to MPs in Leicester to ask them to support his plans to turn under-performing primary schools into academies.
In a speech today, he said action needed to be taken against poor primary schools where children are not receiving the education they deserve.
He said he will be writing to MPs in areas of "concentrated educational
under-performance'' to outline the need "to act and drawing attention to the failure, so far, of those in positions of power in local councils to move fast enough in improving our schools.''
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He said that he was starting by writing to MPs in Leicester and Derby, which he said are areas where standards are too low, and too many primaries have been judged unsatisfactory by Ofsted.
He added: "I want the MPs in those cities to work with me to persuade their local authorities and their local communities that we need rapidly to improve their schools,''
"They have a simple choice: stand with those in the academies and free schools movement who want to put children first; or stand with the adults who are blocking school improvement.''