According to David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, the government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy is inhibiting free speech in schools and encouraging teachers to avoid ‘toxic’ issues of extremism.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb gave a speech at the Best in Class Summit, taking place at Sutton Trust, outlining the government’s reforms to transform life chances through education and make schools the ‘engines of social mobility

The DfE has revealed plans for a new national school funding formula to amend the uneven distribution of funding across the country.

A new curriculum for Welsh schools is expected to be delivered on time, and will see a number of changes including making computer skills a speciality which is as central to learning as literacy and numeracy.

To mark World Book Day, 3 March, the DfE has announced a series of roadshow events to promote effective phonics teaching and early reading skills.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the sustainable schools policy in Northern Ireland as ineffective, claiming it operated on the basis of ‘flawed and inaccurate data’ and has called for it to be put under review.

Tuesday 1 March marks National Offer Day, where more than half a million families will discover where their children will attend secondary school in September.

The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) has voiced concerns over NHS officials’ plans to open sexual-health centres in or near schools.

Local authorities have claimed the responsibility for councils to ensure that every child has a school place could soon become unachievable.

Councillors in Scotland have warned MSPs that cuts to council funding will have a negative effect on teaching quality.

Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s chief inspector, has voiced concerns about the declining secondary school performance and pupil attainment in Liverpool, Manchester and surrounding areas.

Following the National Association of Head Teachers’ (NAHT) concerns about the changes in primary assessment, the Department for Education (DfE) has introduced a revised deadline for Key Stage 1 and 2 deadlines in 2016.

Ofqual has called on young people to voice their opinions on marking reviews and appeals processes for GCSEs, AS and A levels.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a fund of £1.5 million will be spent on building peer support networks, in order to help young people identify signs of mental ill-health in their peers.

Tes has reported that the new requirement to assess Year 6 pupils’ writing using a tick-box approach could dramatically increase teachers workload.

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