If Gove’s right, why are our shortest terms at Oxbridge?

Sian Crips, Georgia Perry and Abi Robinson, from Oaklands School, Waterlooville, celebrating their A-level results. Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-170817-140116006

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Michael Gove paid attention as the eulogies rolled in for a divisive predecessor.

Two days after Thatcher’s funeral, the education secretary announced inflammatory reforms to the school calendar.

Thatcher was ‘Milk Snatcher’ and Gove has been called ‘Holiday Snatcher’ for suggesting a four-week summer holiday and 9-5 school days.

Curriculum planners struggle to fit everything into the school year. But I suspect Gove is equally keen to court working parents and characterise teachers as workshy.

He cites the long days at high-achieving Chinese schools, but perhaps their league tables have more to do with the culture of a police state. And why then are our shortest terms at Oxbridge?