David Cameron is struggling to maintain Tory discipline over Europe after cabinet loyalists Michael Gove and Philip Hammond said on Sunday they would vote to leave the European Union if a referendum were to be held now.
The education secretary, Michael Gove, is accused of the "shameful neglect" of pupils as the teachers' union conference season in England gets under way.
Downing Street is at war with Theresa May after the Tory high command turned its fire on the home secretary for moving to position herself ahead of a possible leadership contest.
It has been some week for education secretary Michael Gove.
Labour ministers believe children from disadvantaged backgrounds should "stick to the station in life they were born into", the education secretary, Michael Gove, has said in an outspoken – in parts almost openly rude – speech outlining his philosophy for learning in schools.
John Nash, a wealthy Tory donor, venture capitalist and enthusiastic sponsor of academies, has been appointed an education minister in a move that will delight those seeking faster reform by the education secretary, Michael Gove.
Michael Gove has been accused by one of the Tories' most senior figures in local government of resorting to "bully boy tactics" to drum up support for his flagship academies and to undermine traditional schools.
Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show.
Speculation that the prime minister came under pressure from within his own cabinet to sack Andrew Mitchell over his outburst at police increased on Sunday when a senior minister refused to deny that she was among those who called for the chief whip to quit.
A guiding figure behind Tony Blair's education reforms has warned Michael Gove against becoming too obsessed with exams and ignoring skills in favour of teaching children facts.