Gove defends Academies - VIDEO

Speech by Education Secretary Michael Gove at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College in south-east London.

In his speech, Gove talked about how well Academies work and stated that critics of the Government’s academies programme are the “enemies of promise”.

Mr Gove said ministers will press ahead with plans to transform 200 of the worst performing primary schools in to academies, claiming that local education authorities which stand in his way are “happy with failure”.

Mr Gove went on to say that while most councils are co-operating with his department’s reform programme, some are being obstructive and intent on using the ideology of central control ahead of the interests of children.

VIDEO: Click the play button to view part of the speech given by MP Michael Gove.