A study by thinktank CentreForum has found that a new policy to provide working families with 30 hours of free childcare for under five-year-olds could widen the attainment gap when children start school.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on the government to address educational disadvantage in the North, claiming this should be at the heart of efforts to create a Northern Powerhouse.
Unions have come together to call on the government to drop the new Education Bill from the Queen’s speech and instead ‘engage in meaningful discussions with groups representing the education profession’.
Neil Carmichael, Education select committee chairman, has said that parents are likely to be confused after a recent ruling concluded that a parent who had taken his child out of school for a holiday was not liable to pay a fine, due to the child having a good record of attendance otherwise.
New research published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has recommended that £500 million of NHS funding should be earmarked to provide mental health professionals for every school in England.
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’.