"The single most important thing in a child's performance is the quality of the teacher. Making sure a child spends the maximum amount of time with inspirational teachers is the most important thing."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Michael Gove on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Michael Gove on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Michael Gove on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Michael Gove on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Michael Gove on Joseph Campbell
"What we're doing now is we're saying that individual schools can spend the money on their own priorities, so that head teachers can decide what's truly important, because the big shift in approach on education that we're taking - which is different from what happened before - is that we trust teachers and we trust heads."
"Unfortunately, the real achievements of children on the ground became debased and devalued because Labor education secretaries sounded like Soviet commissars praising the tractor production figures when we know that those exams were not the rock-solid measures of achievement that children deserve."
"The big shift in approach on education that we are taking - which is different from what happened before - is that we trust teachers and we trust heads."
"The accumulation of cultural capital - the acquisition of knowledge - is the key to social mobility."
"The current leadership of the Labor party react to the idea that working-class students might study the subjects they studied with the same horror that the Earl of Grantham showed when a chauffeur wanted to marry his daughter."