Michael Gove in fiery debate with caller over Baccalaureate

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The Education Secretary has reformed the school league tables system and introduced a new English Baccalaureate.

The government says it is empowering parental choice by informing them of school standards in a core number of subject areas.

A caller to Victoria Derbyshire on Radio 5 live challenged the minister on his policy.

He said: "Children go to school to work out who they are and what they want to study."

"My guess is that this just reflects your own personal, narrow experience of education... I'd just ignore your silly English Baccalaureate."

The Education Secretary Michael Gove defended his policy. "We need to know more about what's happening in our schools."

"You're free to use the information published today to make your own judgements."

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Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 on BBC Radio 5 live.

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