Sunday Telegraph, 02/02/2014: State schools will test children using private school exams for the first time under plans to make them the "best in the world", the education secretary will say in a speech on Monday. Michael Gove will say that schools must set their standards "so high" that they are indistinguishable from the best fee-paying schools.
He will say he wants to end the perception that state education is "bog standard" by emulating independent schools with tougher tests, longer school days, more extra-curricular activities and better discipline..."We know England's private schools are the best independent schools in the world. Why shouldn't state schools be the best state schools in the world?"
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