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Michael Gove wants 'schools to nurture creative talent'

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he wanted "schools to be able to nurture creative talent in every child" after announcing that exams in arts subjects are set to become tougher.

I am passionate about great art, drama, dance, music and design, and I am determined to ensure every child enjoys access to the best in our culture. I also want all schools to be able to nurture creative talent in every child.

That is why I am delighted that new high-quality qualifications in creative and cultural subjects will be made available to all students.

They will now have the chance to take these new qualifications from September 2016.

– Education Secretary Michael Gove

Arts subjects set for tougher GCSE and A-level exams

A major reform of the exams system will see GCSEs and A-levels in arts subjects such as music and drama undergo a radical overhaul in a bid to make the courses tougher, it has been announced.

The Government is carrying out a major reform of the exams system. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A total of nine GCSEs and six A-levels will be reformed under the Government's plans, in a move that ministers say will give pupils in England access to "high-quality" qualifications in creative subjects.

The Department of Education said that from September 2016 the following new GCSEs will be available in schools; art and design, music, drama, dance, citizenship, computer science, design and technology, PE and religious studies

They will be taught alongside new GCSEs in history, the sciences, geography and foreign languages - the subjects contained in the Government's English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

Groups promoting the arts, design and religious education previously expressed criticism that too much attention was put on exams in traditional subjects and creative disciplines had been left out.

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Gove 'hung around eating biscuits' on paternity leave

Education Secretary Michael Gove "hung around the house, eating biscuits and getting cups of tea made for him" when he was on paternity leave, his wife Sarah Vine told ITV's The Agenda.

"I think it's too much," the columnist said of the two-week paternity leave entitlement. "Having fathers around sort of hovering in the first two weeks, well it was just a bit annoying."

Read: Few fathers take paternity new report reveals

Gove: Shakespeare 'a grammar schoolboy made good'

Education Secretary Michael Gove has praised the work of playwright William Shakespeare and claims he was "another grammar schoolboy made good".

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove
Michael Gove claims the number of Old Etonian's is "ridiculous". Credit: oe Giddens/PA Archive

The Tory Cabinet member's comments come days after he criticised the "ridiculous" numbers of Old Etonians in Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle.

Mr Gove told the Commons pupils could be put off an author for life if they were poorly taught.

MPs heard there is evidence that awful teaching of the works of Shakespeare could deter youngsters from English literature for a long time.

Read: Educating Yorkshire teacher blasts Gove in RTS speech

Number of Etonians in PM's circle 'not reflection of UK'

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.

Read: Gove - 'Ridiculous' number of Etonians in PM's circle

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Labour: Gove comments show Tories are 'out of touch'

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.

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Read: Gove - 'Ridiculous' number of Etonians in PM's circle

Gove: 'Ridiculous' number of Etonians in PM's circle

Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked the "ridiculous" numbers of Old Etonians in David Cameron's inner circle.

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Read: Gove - 'Ridiculous' number of Etonians in PM's circle

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