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Education Secretary Michael Gove says current school system 'out of date'.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."