£26m fund for English hubs to boost child literacy

A Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching has been announced by education secretary Justine Greening to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds master the basics of reading in primary school.

 Healthy snacking resources for primary schools to be launched

Change4Life will be launching a suite of new resources for primary schools in order to inform pupils and families about healthier snacking choices.

Spike in exam malpractice by school staff

The number of penalties that have been issued to school and college staff for exam malpractice has increased by nearly 150 per cent.

Scottish teachers threaten to strike over pay

The EIS has warned that the pay of Scotland’s teachers must be substantially improved this year if strike action in schools is to be avoided.

Cash boost for charity urging professionals to take up teaching

A scheme to encourage the best experienced professionals to swap the boardroom for the classroom is to be backed by government funding to expand into Hastings.

Waitrose bans selling energy drinks to schoolchildren

Supermarket Waitrose has put a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s due to concerns about its high levels of sugar and caffeine.

London Mayor encourages schools to take up knife wands

As part of measures to crack down on knife crime, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is urging schools across the capital to take up his offer of using a knife detection wand.

Teacher training applications fall

The number of people applying for teacher training has decreased by 6,510 in comparison to the previous year.

Pupils need to be prepared for social media pressures

New research commissioned by Anne Longfield shows that schools need to help to prepare pupils for the demands of social media.

Pupils should limit snacks to two a day, PHE says

Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign in order to promote healthier snacks.

  Maximum classroom temperature needs to be established, EIS says

The EIS has called on the Scottish Government to establish a maximum acceptable temperature in Scotland’s schools.

Support to help vulnerable children attend boarding schools

The Boarding School Partnerships Information Service has been launched to give more vulnerable children the chance to attend boarding schools.

 Primary support staff have been victims of pupil violence, research shows

According to research by the Scottish Government, over a quarter of primary school support staff have had pupils be physically aggressive and violent towards them in the previous year.

AQA told to ensure it abides by exam regulation over review of exam grades

Exam board AQA has been told by Ofqual to make sure that it follows regulation over the review of exam grades.

Access to high performing schools has become more “geographically unequal”

A new report by the Education Policy Institute shows that access to top schools in England has become more geographically unequal over the period 2010-2015.

 Multimillion-pound contracts awarded for apprenticeship training

Organisations across the country are being given a boost as the government begins awarding contracts tomorrow worth nearly £500m to provide apprenticeship training for learners and small businesses.

Rise in GCSE grade changes blamed on exam boards by Ofqual

The head of England’s exams watchdog has told MPs that an increase in the number of GCSE grade changes this year was down to exam boards failing to follow new rules on re-marking.

Sex education needs to cover sexual harassment and sexting, NEU says

In response to the Department for Education’s consultation on sex education guidelines, the National Education Union says that young people desperately need relationship and sex education which covers sexual harassment, sexting and online porn and the other issues they face.

Universal Credit proposals could see children in poverty miss out on school meals

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under universal credit proposals, new findings from The Children’s Society reveal today.

Teachers views wanted for the new sex education curriculum

Teachers are being asked for their views on what should be included in the new sex and relationships education curriculum.

 Efficiency advisers to help schools with finances

Efficiency advisors will be deployed next month to schools which need help with their finances.

Teachers’ pay continues to be cut, National Education Union says

Teachers’ pay continues to be cut because schools are increasingly failing to give them cost of living increases as well as denying them pay progression, according to the National Education Union’s annual national pay survey.

 Wales plans to put education at the “heart of ambition” by achieving one million Welsh speakers by 2050

A new plan that puts education at the heart of the Welsh Government’s ambition to achieve one million Welsh speakers by 2050 has been published by Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan.

£170 million competition launched for new Institutes of Technology

Employers, education and training providers can apply for a share of £170 million to establish prestigious new Institutes of Technology (IoTs), which will specialise in delivering the higher level technical skills that employers need.

Plans to extend teacher training by a year under consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) has published consultation on plans to reform teacher training and development.