By Eleanor Harding Education Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:08 GMT, 2 March 2019 | Updated: 01:19 GMT, 2 March 2019
Michael Gove has said he wants state schools to become so good that educating a child privately will become an ‘eccentric choice’.
The former education secretary said he hopes in future most people will not even consider sending their child to an independent school.
During his time in the Department for Education, he spearheaded a series of radical reforms to raise standards and toughen up qualifications.
This included a return to traditional forms of learning, such as phonics and times tables tests for young children and more challenging content for older ones.
Former education secretary Michael Gove has said he wants state schools to become so good that people will not even consider sending their child to an independent school
At the time, he faced a backlash from the Left, but Mr Gove stressed it was needed to get poorer pupils up to the same standard as their privately-educated peers.
And yesterday, in an interview with the Evening Standard, he said the long-term goal was to make state schools so good that no-one will want to send their child privately.
He said: ‘I would have hoped we would have been able to make sending your children to a private school, as it is