The Waltham Forest branch of the National Union of Teachers has welcomed Michael Gove's removal as education secretary

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Michael Gove has been made chief whip Michael Gove has been made chief whip

Members of the National Union of Teachers said they were delighted that Michael Gove has been removed from his post as education secretary in a cabinet reshuffle.

During strike action last week, teachers from Waltham Forest joined colleagues from across the country to protest against government education reforms and call for Michael Gove to go.

Steve White, secretary of the Waltham Forest NUT branch said he has pleased they have got their wish.

“I do believe that the strikes had an effect,” he said.

“He has supported his own pet projects which have been very expensive wastes of money and he hasn’t listened to teachers.”

Gove has been made chief whip, with Mr Cameron denying it is a demotion.

Nicky Morgan, the minister for women and equality, will run the Department for Education as the PM moved to put more women in top jobs today.

Mr White said that he hopes that she will reverse many "damaging" changes made by Gove, including performance related pay and teachers having to work 60 hours per week.

“We would obviously like Nicky Morgan to speak with the NUT as soon as possible,” he said.

“We could be in for a nasty surprise if she has the same views as Gove.”

In the last four years Gove has overseen the biggest shake-up of England's schools system for decades.

He spearheaded the introduction of one of the Conservative's flagship education policies, free schools and allowed all schools to apply to become academies.

The government insist the changes have been positive and more children are being taught in better schools.

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