Visiting a school in my constituency on Friday reminded me that we have not talked much about education recently on this site.
Mr Gove is pressing on with his reforms to schools, largely unimpeded by the EU as this remains an area more under domestic control than most.
He has introduced free schools, where the early results are good. They offer parents an additional choice which is especially welcome in neighbourhoods with weaker schools. There are more than 170 of them up and running.
He has accelerated the Labour programme of Academies, giving schools more powers to make their own decisions.
He has continued the introduction and support for synthetic phonics as the best way to teach young children to read.
He has led revisions to what is taught, to seek to ensure that the best of English literature and the basics of our island’s story are taught in English and History.
Several teachers from my area have sent me an identical email saying they are having to work excessive hours, and spending too much time on unnecessary and bureaucratic tasks. I know this is not what the Secretary of State wants, as he has been keen to restore more school level decision taking and to campaign against a bureaucratic approach. I have written back to each offering to take up these worries with the Head of their school, but so far none of the teachers have taken up that offer.