“Evidence shows that the academy programme has had a good effect on school standards.” Michael Gove, 16 June 2011
Channel 4 Factcheck
has been testing this claim. What did Factcheck find?
It is well worth reading the whole Factcheck article. It seems balanced, and includes the pieces of the evidence that Michael Gove has chosen to leave out of his speeches. And it includes conclusions that respected groups have presented, which again Michael Gove has chosen to ignore.
From the evidence so far from Secondary Academies, Factcheck concludes:
“Mr Gove’s decision to extend the academy system to cover primary schools looks increasingly like a gamble rather than a piece of evidence-based policy.”
So is Michael Gove being economical with the truth in his quote about the evidence?