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Full Report: The Education Secretary visits Teesside

The Education Secretary has refused to apologise over his damning criticism of East Durham's schools, in his first visit to the region since saying the schools there 'smelled of defeatism'.

Today, Michael Gove went to see a school in Stockton which the Government is investing in but, if teachers elsewhere thought he was about to ease off for a while, they were wrong.

You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.

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Education Secretary: School holidays should be cut

England's schoolchildren should have shorter holidays and spend more time in the classroom, the Education Secretary said today.

Education Secretary Michael Gove says current school system 'out of date'. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

In a speech today, My Gove said: "We've noticed in Hong Kong and Singapore and other East Asian nations that expectations of mathematical knowledge or of scientific knowledge at every stage are more demanding than in this country,"

"In order to reach those levels of achievement a higher level of effort is expected on behalf of students, parents and teachers.

"School days are longer, school holidays are shorter. The expectation is that to succeed, hard work is at the heart of everything."

Free school decision imminent

A decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for a free school to be built in Ingleby Berwick in Stockton is expected today.

The proposal for a new purpose built school and the development of some 350 new homes at Little Maltby Farm will be considered by the council's planning committee.

Applicants say that the details of more than 2,000 children have been registered with the Trust to apply for places in future, and say that this shows that parents want the school.

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Extended interview with the Education Secretary

Plans to build a new free school on Teesside have run into problems.

The coalition government is supporting parents in Ingleby Barwick who want to see a new secondary school built in the town, but Stockton Council says the plans have been recommended for refusal.

Our reporter Frances read spoke to the Education Secretary Michael Gove when was visiting the region today.

Education Secretary meets with parents in Yarm

Michael Gove visited parents in Yarm today Credit: ITV News

Plans to build a new free school on Teesside have run into problems. The coalition government supports parents in Ingleby Barwick who want to see a new secondary school built in the town.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, met with parents in Yarm today to discuss the Government's key free schools policy.