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At the Spectator Conference on Thursday, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, outlined further changes that were needed in schools. Talking to the conference, Michael Gove said that the school terms needed reform as they were created when Britain was a 19th century agricultural nation. Going forward, he said, Britain needed to keep up with the likes of Hong Kong and Singapore, where “School days are longer, school holidays are shorter. The expectation is that to succeed, hard work is at the heart of everything." He also explained that it would make the school system more family friendly.