Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history

Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

Fernhill School Glasgow: Top private school offers mortgage-style repayment scheme to cover pupil fees

Private school offers mortgage-style repayment scheme to cover 9,000-a-year day pupil fees Fernhill School in Glasgow is offering parents chance to spread fees over ten years, interest freePayment plan could reduce monthly payments by up to 50 per cent /13 – with the highest fees topping 21,000. The increases put pressure on parents – particularly those for whom private education is at the limits of affordability.

Atlanta Price Middle School shooting: Student, 14, shot in the head

Male student, 14, shot in the head in Atlanta middle school shooting By Leslie Larson PUBLISHED: 20:01 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 06:50 GMT, 1 February 2013 A 14-year-old male student was shot in the head, near the back of the neck, in a violent outbreak at an Atlanta public school on Thursday around 1:50pm. The shooting occurred at the Price Middle School, in southwest Atlanta. A teacher also suffered minor injuries in the violence but was not shot

Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012

Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012Property prices in Southend-on-sea, Essex up by nearly 15 per cent | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 A town renowned for its grammar schools enjoyed a bigger rise in house prices this year than anywhere else in the UK, research revealed today.

Schools to be banned from taking pupils" fingerprints without parents" consent

Schools to be banned from taking pupils' fingerprints without parents' consent30 per cent of secondary schools use fingerprinting Schools will have to ensure data from pupils is treated with careCivil liberties campaigners welcome the ban | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 December 2012 Schools minister David Laws says the ban will give parents all the power over personal data Schools are to be banned from collecting pupils' biometric data without the consent of parents, it was announced yesterday. Hundreds of secondary schools in England use fingerprints or face recognition systems for the issuing of library books or to allow pupils to enter certain buildings. Last night Michael Gove's Department for Education said that from next September, schools will be forced to obtain parental permission before taking fingerprints

Parents who volunteer for flower arranging should not get an advantage for oversubscribed church school places, watchdog warns

Parents who volunteer for flower arranging should not get an advantage for oversubscribed church school places, watchdog warns | UPDATED: 19:09 GMT, 21 December 2012 Middle-class parents who volunteer at schools and churches to help get their children into a good school should not be given favourable treatment, the schools adjudicator has said. The warning comes after a top Roman Catholic school attended by Tony Blair’s eldest children was found to have breached admissions rules by favouring parents who helped out at church. The London Oratory School in Fulham, south west London, was giving priority to applications from families involved in flower arranging, Bible readings and singing in the church choir.

Children who regularly eat meals with family more likely to get their five-a-day

Family meals aid five-a-day: Eating together at the table boosts children's intake of fruit and vegetables Even just Sunday lunch can help improve diet, study showsTwo-thirds of London children don't eat enough fruit and veg | UPDATED: 07:47 GMT, 20 December 2012 Eating meals together as a family – even just once a week – boosts children’s fruit and veg intake to near the recommended five-a-day, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Leeds found that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets. The survey of 2,389 children attending 52 primary schools in London discovered nearly two-thirds of children (63 per cent) did not consume the World Health Organisation recommended amount of five portions (400g) of fruit and veg a day.

Gay marriage law: Baroness Warsi claims equality could have string of "unintended consequences"

Now PM's faith minister attacks gay marriage law: Warsi claims equality could have string of 'unintended consequences'Letter leaked to Daily Mail reveals Baroness Warsi is breaking ranks She demands to know how gay marriage will be taught in schools Ex-Tory chairman's move will embolden other MPs to oppose bill | UPDATED: 08:28 GMT, 13 December 2012 Baroness Warsi has broken ranks on gay marriage to warn it could have a string of 'unintended consequences' The minister for faith has broken ranks on gay marriage to warn that David Cameron’s controversial legislation could have a string of ‘unintended consequences’. In a letter leaked to the Daily Mail, Baroness Warsi suggests schools could be required to teach about same-sex unions, while individual priests and churches who refuse to conduct them risk being sued. Her intervention will embolden more than 100 Tory MPs who are threatening to vote against the legislation in the New Year

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda | UPDATED: 00:51 GMT, 13 December 2012 Brave: Cameron believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals Let's start with the positive. The Mail unreservedly accepts that David Cameron’s brave stand on gay marriage is based on principle. He genuinely believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals.

Autumn Statement: Osborne orders fresh round of 5billion of cuts to pay for schools and transport links

Osborne orders MORE spending cuts, telling Whitehall to find 5billion to pay for schools and transport linksChancellor to use today's statement to set out plans to cut spending further Transport, schools, science and skills will benefit from proceeds made Plans will be announced when growth forecasts will be downgradedChancellor will tell MPs that government departments are being ordered to trim an additional 1% from their budgets next year and further 2% in 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 GMT, 5 December 2012 Chancellor George Osborne will announce his spending plans to the Commons in his Autumn Statement today Tens of thousands of school places will be created at 100 new academies and free schools as part of a 5billion investment programme to be funded by a fresh round of spending cuts. Chancellor George Osborne will use today’s autumn statement to set out plans to cut spending further in most Whitehall departments over the next two years, with the proceeds poured into transport, schools, science and skills. Education is the big winner, in another indication that the Conservatives will make their school reforms a central plank of the next election campaign.