Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw has called on the government to reinstate key stage 3 exams, claiming abolition of tests had allowed standards to drop and has widened the gap between the rich and poor.

A petition against government plans to compel children to resit their Sats test at secondary schools has gained over 4,000 signatures.

Grammar schools in Kent have been encouraged to provide up to 700 more places for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Barnsley Council has approved plans to reduced school summer holidays by a week, in favour of an extra week off later in the year.

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

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

Education directors in Scotland have advised that the new education secretary John Swinney must rebuild the government’s broken relationship with councils, following budget cuts.

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 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 Association of Colleges (AoC) has said that new harder GCSEs could be off-putting for many further educations (FE) learners.

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.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has said he will take ‘all measures necessary’ to overturn the High Court ruling which has prompted doubts over the term-time holiday regulations.

According to Tes, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is seeking a new wave of talks with teaching unions which will centre on pay, workload and other areas of concern.

Durham County Council has approved plans to terminate the 2,700 teaching assistant contracts and employ the teaching staff on new agreements with different terms and conditions.

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’.

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