Council clashes with Michael Gove over plans for new schools
Coventry refuses to build primaries after government rules that they must be academiesBy Naomi Lloyd | 16 October 2012
The government’s strategy is simply to bully, cajole and force schools down the path of academies and free schools
Christine Blower, general secretary, National Union of Teachers
Plans to build two state schools using land and cash from property developers have been scrapped following a clash with education secretary Michael Gove.
Coventry city council secured the funding – and land worth around £3 million – for the new primary schools from developers building more than 1,400 homes on two former industrial sites.
But the council is abandoning the plans after discovering that Gove will not allow the local authority to run the schools. Instead, they will have to become academies or free schools.
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