David Cameron and Michael Gove have given a joint interview to The Telegraph.
Mr Cameron tells The Telegraph that Francis Maude’s implementation team are already drawing up a "Great Education Reform BIll’ to deliver the Tory agenda on schools as soon as a Conservative government is elected.
The key promise is to deliver a supply-side revolution:
"The structural change is we’ve got to bust open the state monopoly on education and allow new schools to be established. It’s what’s happened in Sweden, in parts of America it’s hugely successful in terms of making sure there’s excellence, there’s competition, there’s innovation and new excellent schools come along. It’s a big chance. It will mean some big battles with forces of resistance. Some LEAs might not like it, some of the education establishment won’t like it."
The real weakness in the Tory model – compared with Sweden – is that schools won’t be able to make profits. This will disincentivise many entrepreneurs. Freedom to set teachers’ pay and conditions will, however, be a massive step forward and will potentially create a significant confrontation with teachers’ unions. Former adviser to David Cameron, George Bridges, has described the National Union of Teachers as a new ‘enemy within’.
Mr Cameron also uses the interview to reaffirm his hope to use state education for his own children:
"I’d like my children to go to state school. I think it’s crazy that we should have to pay lots of money for private schools. We pay all our taxes. You should have really good state schools available for all."
7pm: ITN video report on today’s schools announcement