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".
In a speech in East London, Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that head teachers need to be given "more power and freedom" to ensure pupil's behaviour is "exemplary".
The education secretary said pupils should not just be complying with "basic rules", but head teachers need more power to ensure "politeness" becomes "second nature".
He said teacher's powers to search pupils have been strengthened, not just for items to cause harm, but for any item deemed inappropriate.
"They do not need to give parents notice, they can remove responsibilities and privileges," he said."We trust the professionalism off our teachers," he added.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has said state education in the UK was "bog standard" for decades, but a "relentess" focus on teacher quality has improved schools.
Gove, who has made no secret of his desire to see state schools run more like independents, said
"tectonic plates" have started to shift in this "historic period in state education" as the schools have improved more last year than at any time in Ofsted's history.
"We need to thank the nations teachers. We have the best generation of English teachers ever working in English classrooms," he said.
Gove's speech comes amid a public row with Labour and Lib Dem MPs following the decision to replace the chair of Ofsted, Labour's Baroness Sally Morgan
Teachers have been given the "green light" to "get tougher on discipline", an education minister told Daybreak.
Liz Truss said one third of teachers were "not sure" how to discipline children and the Government was supplying teachers with clear guidelines of what punishments could be administered.
Education Secretary Michael Gove should not surround himself with "yes men" or "believe his own hype", a former Ofsted chief inspector said.
Sir David Bell made the comments on website The Conversation after Mr Gove decided to replace the head of Ofsted Baroness Sally Morgan.
Mr Gove claimed removing the Labour peer was not a politically motivated decision but the move was a way to "refresh" the leadership.
Writing for the education website, Sir David said: "The row over Ofsted's leadership shows the importance of retaining and being seen to retain independent voices near the top - not simply 'yes men'."
Education Secretary Michael Gove will vow to break down the "Berlin Wall" between private and state schools in education - opening up the opportunities available in the independent sector to more pupils than ever before.
Mr Gove will say in a keynote speech that his ambition is to raise standards in the state schools in England to the point where they are indistinguishable from their fee-paying counterparts.
He will say the evidence shows "beyond any reasonable doubt" that English state education is starting to show a "sustained and significant improvement", in a speech at the London Academy of Excellence.
The Education Secretary will say that England's state schools can become the best in the world by tapping into the expertise of the independent sector - which has already resulted in many independent schools sponsoring or co-sponsoring state academies.
His speech comes against a backdrop of bitter wrangling within the coalition, with the Liberal Democrats accusing Mr Gove of trying to "politicise" the schools inspectorate, Ofsted, following the removal of its chair, the Labour peer Baroness Morgan of Huyton.
ITV News readers have been sharing their views on new guidelines for teachers on dealing with misbehaving pupils in school.
The proposals include writing lines as well as more controversial, community-service style sanctions like picking up litter and cleaning up graffiti.
Having taught in behavioural schools where some of the hardest-to-teach children can be disciplined, I assure him [Michael Gove] there is little he can teach most in the profession. How about handing some power back to them instead of constantly undermining them.
Something needs to be done. I am sick and tired of my sons' education being disrupted by unruly kids who the teachers have no control over.
Children are a product of their environment, change the environment with loving support, clear enforceable and reasonable boundaries - then you will have children and later in life individuals worth knowing.
Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has accused the Conservative party of having a "problem with women" after claiming there was a pattern of replacing senior women in public positions with men.
"My concern is that we're having a sort of cull of senior, authoritative women and they're all being replaced by men," she told BBC 1's Andrew Marr Show.
Michael Gove replied: "We don't have a problem with women in Tory party, we made one Prime Minister".
Although he admitted there was a broader problem of attracting women into public life.
Michael Gove has told BBC 1's Andrew Marr Show: "I think it's wrong to claim that this government if favouring one group of individuals over another in public appointments."
Michael Gove has said that the decision to replace Baroness Morgan was "absolutely my decision" and did not come from Number 10.