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.

Insatiable Casanova: Teaching assistant, 47, calls in the police after Italian waiter lover harasses her to have sex "morning, noon and…

Insatiable Casanova: Teaching assistant, 47, calls in the police after Italian waiter lover harasses her to have sex 'morning, noon and night'Giuseppe Morello, 43, began affair with the widow, 47, after husband's deathShe ended affair because of Morello's demands for sex three times a dayHe tried to win her back by sending 20 texts a day and turned up at schoolOne text said: 'My life is over without you, I will go to prison for you'Ordered not to contact her after admitting harassment at Manchester court By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12:32 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:45 GMT, 30 March 2013 Smiles: Giuseppe Morello (pictured), 43, began an affair with the woman, a 47-year old widow, after the death of her husband A teaching assistant had to get police to restrain her ‘insatiable’ lover after she dumped him for being too demanding in the bedroom. The 47-year-old mother of three, who was looking for love after the death of her husband, began a whirlwind romance with Italian waiter Giuseppe Morello, 43. But she broke off their passionate affair because she grew tired of the pressure to have sex with him ‘morning, noon and night’

Tim Sands: Woodland retreat featured on Channel 4"s Amazing Spaces torched by arsonists causing 25,000 of damage

Amazing Space razed to the ground: Woodland retreat featured in Channel 4 series torched by arsonistsTim Sands spent 7,000 life savings on building which has now been torchedIt featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in December last yearExpensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to the teacher's grandad were also destroyed in the blaze . Torched: Arsonists have destroyed a woodland retreat built by teacher Tim Sands using his 7,000 life savings Happier times: The building was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on Channel 4, in December last year But it has now been torched to the ground, taking with it both expensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to his grandad when Mr Sands first moved to the Lake District. The wooden building, built with the help of friends, was uninsured, and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage.

How 95 per cent of parents are stumped by sums for eight-year-olds

Are you smarter than your eight-year-old How 95% of parents are stumped by sums for their kidsOnly one in 20 can do maths intended for junior school age pupilsParents scared of confusing their children because methods have changedGovernment will reinstate tried-and-tested techniques to the curriculum By Laura Clark, Education Correspondent PUBLISHED: 01:19 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:43 GMT, 24 January 2013 Just one in 20 parents are able to do maths intended for children aged eight to 12 amid confusion over new-fangled methods of teaching the subject. Only 5 per cent of 2,000 volunteers correctly answered ten questions which tested maths typically taught to junior school pupils. Nearly two-thirds of the parents who took part said they were reluctant to get involved with maths homework for fear of confusing their children due to new methods used to teach the subject

2CB: Three men arrested and one man critically ill after students hospitalised following internet drug overdose

Three men arrested and one man critically ill after students hospitalised following internet drug overdose Police raid house at 3am following apparent party in Jesmond, Newcastle Five discharged from hospital but sixth remains critical Students believed to have taken 2CB, which is similar to ecstasy By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 16:13 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:01 GMT, 12 January 2013 Three men have been arrested after a group of students fell ill after taking an illegal hallucinogenic drug they bought on the internet. One of the six men – all aged between 19 and 22 – remains in a critical condition following the incident at a terraced house in Jesmond a suburb of Newcastle.

Documents suggest senior figures at Unite believe general strike should be a "tool in armoury" in fight against public spending restraint

Spring of discontent Unions refuse to drop strike threats Documents suggest Unite backs a general strike, described as a 'tool in our armoury' Teaching unions also planning to escalate action By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 01:15 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 5 January 2013 Britain is facing the threat of a spring of widespread industrial unrest at the hands of Labour’s biggest donor and the teaching unions, it has emerged.

Supply teacher "waved knife in the air" while teaching children aged 11 and 12 at Catholic school

Supply teacher 'waved knife in the air' in front of children aged 11 and 12 at Catholic schoolThe secondary school ordered him to leave the following morningParents said they were 'stunned' when their children told them about itThe male teacher is now being investigated by Birmingham council | UPDATED: 13:45 GMT, 18 December 2012 A supply teacher at a Catholic school was marched off the premises after reportedly brandishing a knife during a lesson. The male teacher was ordered off St Edmund Campion Catholic School's site a day after the incident in Erdington, Birmingham on Friday

Gove on "war footing" with teaching unions expected to launch industrial action

Gove on 'war footing' with teaching unions expected to launch industrial action over pay as he considers new anti-strike laws Reforms mean teachers’ annual rises of around 2,000 will be scrappedHeads will get freedom to dictate salary increases based on performanceEducation Secretary Gove believes reform would improve state educationMeanwhile Ed Miliband is set to wage war against Osborne's benefit cuts | UPDATED: 16:52 GMT, 9 December 2012 Battle: Education Secretary Michael Gove is considering new anti-strike laws as he moves on to a 'war footing' with the teaching unions Michael Gove is considering new anti-strike laws as he moves onto a ‘war footing’ with teaching unions who are expected to launch industrial action over the end of national pay deals.

Blonde teaching assistant had unprotected sex with underage male pupils after grooming them with naked picture messages

Blonde teaching assistant, 42, had unprotected sex with underage boys after grooming them with naked text messages and trips to KFCThe supply teacher and mentor groomed boys by taking them out for food She performed sex acts on them during free period and detentionMarried Emma Webb sent explicit text messages and took pupils to her home for sexThe mother of two even joked with one boy about having his baby She was sentenced to 32 months in jail after admitting to 30 charges | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 3 December 2012 Jailed: Emma Webb had sex with teenage pupils during their free periods at the school and her home A blonde teaching assistant had unprotected sex with five teenage boys in her care and sent them pictures of herself playing with sex toys. Married Emma Webb, 42, performed sex acts on the pupils – aged 15 to 17 – during free period and detention at the Berkshire school. She groomed them by taking them out for meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken and giving them lifts to school, Reading Crown Court heard.

British maths pupils lay behind other countries "because of poor teachers who don"t have a proper grasp of the subject"

British maths pupils lag behind other countries 'because poor teachers don't have a proper grasp of the subject' | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 3 December 2012 Pupils are lagging behind in maths compared with other countries because not enough primary school teachers have a proper grasp of the subject, a report claims today. There are too few mathematically competent teachers in primaries, with many achieving only a GCSE grade C.