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Education Secretary Michael Gove is attempting to use a campaign to fight school illiteracy "to distract from his failure to respond to warnings," on risks of extremism in Birmingham schools - Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary has said.
Tristram Hunt MP was referring to a report that two Birmingham schools run by the same educational trust were criticised by Ofsted, for apparently failing to protect pupils from the risks of extremism.
Education secretary Michael Gove has told the Policy Exchange Think Tank that he wants competitiveness within schools between pupils, using a "rank order system."
Telling the Policy Exchange, he believes that creating a rank order for students to follow - pupils will strive to improve.
Gove said the model is "to replace the harmful competitiveness of street culture, the contest over who is coolest, who's trainers are smartest, who's attitude is the hardest, who's backchat is the most fly - with the competitiveness of academic culture."
Parents of unruly children in the classroom will face higher punishments for failing to ensure their children turn up to school "ready to learn," Michael Gove has warned.
The Education Secretary vowed against what he believes is a culture of low expectations in the classroom and lack of respect to teachers, vowing to drive up school standards "higher than ever before."
In a speech to the Policy Exchange think tank he said:
"We will, later this year, be outlining detailed proposals to ensure parents play their full part in guaranteeing good behaviour and outlining stronger sanctions for those who don't."
Mr Gove is expected to lay out his promise to end illiteracy in a speech to the Policy Exchange think-tank today, the Times newspaper has said.
He will say: "Critically, we need to ensure that all children leave primary school fully literate and numerate.
Education Secretary Michael Gove is to set out plans that he hopes will end illiteracy within a generation.
Mr Gove will put forward a framework to "save lives which are currently wasted" by a lack of basic skills, The Times said.
His pledge will reportedly be put forward for inclusion in the next Conservative manifesto and is likely to be included in a first draft of ideas that will be submitted to David Cameron by Jo Johnson, the chairman of the Prime Minister's policy board.
The commitment would see plans to ensure that all children leave school with strong reading and maths skills.