Disadvantaged pupils systematically receive lower quality mathematics instruction compared to their more advantaged peers, a new report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has warned.

Carmel O’Hagan, the former head of languages at CILT The National Centre for Languages, has criticised Chancellor George Osborne’s £10 million investment in expanding the teaching of Mandarin, claiming it could have been better invested in language assistants.

A new study published in The Economic Journal has suggested that women are often under-represented in high-powered careers because they shy away from taking advanced maths courses at school.

A report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee has called on the government to address the UK’s digital skill crisis, warning it could risk damaging the country’s productivity and competitiveness.

New exam rules announced by Ofqual could lead to many pupils missing out on the opportunity to resit GCSE exams.

A study by The Key has found that delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities is hampering schools’ ability to support special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils.

Author Meg Rosoff has condemned UK education policy, describing the government’s focus on exams as ‘an assault on childhood’.

A report conducted by Cambridge University has called on the government to rethink its approach to language learning.

Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, has warned that the focus on the ‘three Rs’ in primary schools has pushed other compulsory subjects such as the sciences and languages ‘to the margins of the curriculum’.

Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of Ofsted, has warned that investigations have found over 100 illegal schools operating in England, more than previously thought.

The Society of Authors has issued a statement to the government warning that the current testing regime is undermining children’s ‘pleasure in writing’ and their powers of ‘creativity and self-expression’.

Primary teachers have raised concerns after school children were left upset after taking ‘one of hardest’ tests yet to be seen in the Key Stage 2 qualification.

Research for BBC Newsround has revealed that nearly 90 per cent of Year 6 pupils in England feel pressure to do well in tests.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has said that tougher tests for primary school children are needed to encourage pupils to utilise a ‘beautiful command of English’.

Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw has voiced support of the government’s plans to impose tougher primary tests, after a campaign was held opposing the move.

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