Education Secretary Michael Gove
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Michael Gove: Academy school critics 'happy with failure'

Education Secretary Michael Gove has accused those who oppose his academies programme of being "happy with failure".

Mr Gove wants more schools in England to become academies, which are state-funded but semi-independent and outside local authority control.

In a speech in London, he said some of those who opposed the academies programme were "enemies of reform".

But a union leader has described the comment as an "insult" to teachers.

Head teachers say academy conversion does not raise standards in itself.

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