Christine Quinn, CEO and executive principal of Ninestiles Academy Trust, has been appointed as regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands.

Pat Glass has been appointed as the new shadow education secretary, following Lucy Powell’s resignation.

Unison has pledged to campaign for an end to school workers being employed on term time contracts.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that school nurses could help tackle the crisis in children’s mental health, but that staff numbers were reducing.

More than 16,000 new secondary school places will be needed within the next seven years to meet rising demand, according to analysis by the BBC.

In a report, the Public Account Committee (PAC) has cautioned that ministers have ‘no plan’ to address the growing teacher shortage in England.

The Education Select Committee has heard that a number of teachers are starting their careers in primary school with only a few hours training in some subject areas.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has questioned the Department for Education’s (DfE) spending on teacher training bursaries without measuring whether they are effective.

Every regional schools commissioner (RSC) will now have two deputy directors, as the full details of the government’s plan to expand academies management emerge.

The names of three more deputy directors have been revealed to academy trust chief executives.

The Department for Education (DfE) is set to appoint eight new senior civil servants to head up regional schools commissioner (RSC) offices and help manage their rising workload.

A consultation has been launched to examine the impact of immigration rules on teacher shortages.

Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s chief inspector, has advised that schools in England need more ‘maverick teachers’ to shake up its ‘ordinary education’.

Official figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales have shown that a third of secondary school teacher training places were not filled at the start of the academic year.

Lord Sugar has been appointed enterprise tsar as part of the government’s drive to get more young people to start their own business or apprenticeship.