Exam regulator Ofqual has said that there has been an increase in the number of pupils choosing to take ‘traditional’ subjects, such at maths, science and English, at GCSE and A level.

Questions have been raised regarding record exam results in Scotland, as the A-C pass rate for students taking the new exams was higher than those taking the old version.

The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) has admitted that the new Higher Maths exam was made too difficult for pupils.

The Department for Education (DfE) has said it may consider reforms to the exams system after a report from the Telegraph found that over 200 students may have had their grades ‘guesstimated’ due to lost papers.

Teacher training applications have dropped a further nine per cent from last year, increasing fears of a recruitment crisis.

Statistics show that the number of primary school pupils suspended or given fixed term exclusions for assaulting an adult increased by 25 per cent from 9,290 in 2012-1013 to 11,660 in 2013-14.

Speaking at the Teach First Impact Conference, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that she will establish three working groups to ease teacher’s workload by better managing unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork.

In the wake of the forthcoming exam marker shortage, Mark Dawe, chief executive of the exam board OCR, has said all suitable teachers should learn to mark exam papers as a form of professional development.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has reaffirmed her position on wanting to see more people at the end of their careers consider a move into teaching, as their experience is valuable to the classroom.

Edinburgh City Council is set to sign a historic £186 million contract to improve web access across primary and secondary schools.

Building on the success of last year, ukactive will be hosting National Fitness Day on 9 September, with the hope of making it the most active day of the year.

The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the east of England and north east London, Tim Coulson, has said it is likely that more information will be shared from head teacher board meetings through increasing the amount of information published in the publicly available minutes.

Local councils in England are to be scored on how well they tackle the dropout rate among teenagers from schools and colleges.

Exam board OCR has started a new recruitment drive to attract retired teachers as markers, in the wake of an expected shortage.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has suggested that teachers should not be expected to answer emails or spend hours marking schoolwork after 5pm each day.

Students will study about illegal performance enhancing drug use and the the barriers that limit female involvement in sports in the new PE GCSE from exam board OCR.

Three out of four academy chains have schools that are performing below the ‘coasting’ definition and may be harming the performance of disadvantaged pupils, a new report has warned.

The number of pupils attending secondary school is expected to rise by 20 per cent over the next ten years, putting added pressure on school places.

The government has stepped in to ensure ‘community languages’, such as Panjabi, Polish and Turkish, will still be available for pupils to study in school.

Despite the latest efforts of the Education Selection Committee and Green MP Caroline Lucas, the study of PSHE will not be made compulsory in English state schools, and a decision will be pushed back to later this year, the Education Secretary has revealed.

From mid-October, parents choosing a secondary school for their child will for the first time have access to provisional GCSE exam results to help them finalise their choices.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is campaigning for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) to be a statutory subject in all English state schools as it plays a ‘crucial part’ in education.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned of ‘potentially high numbers of pupils’ disappearing from school registers in Birmingham and Tower Hamlets in East London.

Diane Rochford, executive head teacher of the John F. Kennedy School in East London, will oversee a new review into the best way to accurately assess pupils with low attainment.

The poorest children in the UK should be taught in primary schools from the age of two so that they can catch up with more advantaged classmates, says Ofsted chief inspector Michael Wilshaw.

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