17-year-old Fahma Mohamed explains why she is fighting for the risks of Female Genital Mutilation to be taught in schools.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has outlined his plans to break down the "Berlin Wall" between private and state schools in education.
The Education Secretary has defended his decision to replace the chair of the school's watchdog Ofsted "in order to bring new eyes to bear".
The number of Old Etonians in the Conservative Party is not a reflection of the country, Labour's Cabinet Office Minister has said, after Michael Gove attacked the "ridiculous" numbers in the Prime Minister's circle.
Jon Ashworth said:
Even Michael Gove can see that the number of Old Etonians in David Cameron’s inner circle is ‘ridiculous’ and ‘preposterous’ - but that’s not a reflection of the country, it’s a reflection of the Conservative Party.
It’s up to David Cameron who he puts into top jobs, and the fact is that the Prime Minister has chosen to surround himself with people just like himself.
Michael Gove's comments about Old Etonians were seized on by Labour as evidence that the Conservatives are "out of touch" with the concerns of ordinary people in Britain.
Among the Old Etonians around the Prime Minister - himself a former Eton boy - are his chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn; the head of his policy unit, Jo Johnson; the minister for government policy, Oliver Letwin; and Chancellor George Osborne's chief economic adviser, Rupert Harrison.
Mr Gove compared them to the cabinet of Eton-educated Tory prime minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, the Marquess of Salisbury, who was criticised for alleged nepotism and cronyism.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked the "ridiculous" numbers of Old Etonians in David Cameron's inner circle.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Gove said such a "preposterous" concentration of individuals from the same privileged background at the top of government did not exist in any other developed nation.
Schools standards will only improve once the quality of teaching in classrooms is raised, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said.
Michael Gove earlier put forward proposals to shake-up the education system which he hopes will end the "Berlin Wall" divide between state and private school sectors.
"Improving school standards starts with a qualified teacher in every classroom. Until Michael Gove commits to this, he is ruling himself out of any serious debate about how we raise standards in our schools," Mr Hunt, said.
"Whether on discipline, delivering extra-curricular activities or on improving learning outcomes, it all hinges on the quality of the teacher in the classroom.
"Raising the quality of teaching - that is where the focus needs to be and that is what Labour is concerned with. The Tories have lost sight of this and are undermining school standards as a result."
Christine Blower, leader of the National Union of Teachers has accused Education Secretary Michael Gove of "messing with the national curriculum" and challenged him to visit more state schools.
"We would like him to walk around a lot more state schools, not just free schools and academies that are state funded. He would see there are plenty places doing after school clubs, sport and drama," said Blower.
"It would also be a good idea if Michael Gove stopped messing about with national curriculum and allowed the kind of curriculum freedoms that exists in some schools to exist in all schools," she said.
Blower added that Gove was "absolutely wrong" on his suggestion that more testing in schools is needed and claimed his calls for more power and freedom for teachers' to discipline students implied that state schools are "chaotic".
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman has said No.10 was informed of the Education Secretary's decision not to renew Lady Morgan's appointment as head of school watchdog Ofsted.
– Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman
As the Secretary of State was very clear yesterday, it was his decision. No. 10 was informed of it.
The appointment of a successor will follow the normal public appointments processes, said the spokesman.
Michael Gove has insisted that his department is not a "gallery of nodding dogs" amid a warning that he should not surround himself with "yes men".
Civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE) are skilled at saying "yes, no, maybe or just sucking their teeth if they want to let me know it's a bad idea," the Education Secretary said.
His comments follow a public row with Labour and Lib Dem MPs following the decision to replace the chair of Ofsted, Labour's Baroness Sally Morgan.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said he wants state schools to become indistinguishable from private schools in a speech in East London, with a focus on more rigorous testing, increased power and freedom for teachers and longer school days.
- He called for more testing, including taking the common entrance exam by 13 year olds in some private schools. Gove also backed plans for individual secondary schools to be able to take the OECD's international Pisa tests.
- Head teachers need to be granted more power to search pupils and "to discipline pupils for behaviour beyond the school gates," he said. Teachers should also be free to give same day detentions to students who misbehave without giving parents notice.
- State schools should introduce longer school days and replicate the independent school model where pupils spend nine or 10 hours at school a day, making more time for after curricular activities and study sessions.