Carnegie medal winner Sally Gardner attacks Gove

Carnegie medal winner Sally Gardner attacks Gove's 'outdated' new curriculum.

Sally Gardner wins the most prestigious children's books prize with dystopic novel Maggot Moon and uses the prize-giving ceremony to slam Gove's 'outdated' new curriculum. Carnegie medal winner Sally Gardner: 'Politicians need to get out of schools and let teachers do what they do best - teach...we need to nurture imagination, not crush it with standardised tests, which don't mean a thing in the real world'.

Dyslexic author Sally Gardner, who today won the Carnegie medal for her dystopian story of a boy standing up to a totalitarian state, has slammed Michael Gove's new curriculum for "exclud[ing] rather than embrac[ing]" those like her, "with a different way of seeing and thinking".

Gardner, branded "unteachable" as a child and expelled by one of the numerous schools she attended, was 12 when she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. The hero of her Carnegie-winning teen novel Maggot Moon, Standish Treadwell, is also dyslexic and is written off by teachers and bullied by his peers, who chant "Standish Treadwell / Can't read, can't write / Standish Treadwell / Isn't bright". But when his best friend Hector is arrested, Standish decides to take action against the oppressive power of the "monstrous Motherland" - an alternate version of 1950s England - where he lives.