Magnus Bashaarat, head of Milton Abbey Independent School, has called upon independent schools to give equal prominence to vocational qualifications as they do A-levels.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the government will explore the possibility of utilising the free school process to set up secure academies for young offenders.

A survey conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) found that nearly one in 12 teachers have been denied a pay rise in accordance with the performance-related pay (PRP) system.

Elected police and crime commissioners should be given powers to set up free schools to help support troubled children, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has criticised the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), claiming it offers a ‘narrow vision of academic excellence’.

The Education (Scotland) Bill has been passed by Scottish Government, including new legislation for national testing in literacy and numeracy at primary and secondary level.

Cambridge’s plans to reinstate admission examinations has been criticised by MPs who claim the move could raise barriers to equal access.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has warned that music and drama could be squeezed out of the curriculum if the government pushes on with the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) proposal.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has further clarified its position on reforms to school funding with a collection of essays discussing what a revised funding formula could look like.

Jamshed Javeed, a chemistry teacher from Sharples School in Bolton, has been banned from teaching after being convicted for his intentions to travel to Syria to join ISIL.

The New Schools Network has called for an end to the cap on free schools that limits the number of places that can be allocated on religious grounds.

Welsh schools are showing signs of improvement but still face wide variation in teaching quality across the country, according to the new chief schools inspector in Wales.

Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has instructed his inspectors to mark down institutions if they judge the wearing of the veil to be a barrier to learning and positive social interaction.

The government claims secularist groups will be prevented from submitting ‘vexatious complaints’ against the admissions systems of individual faith schools and will only allow local parents to pursue such objections.

The government is considering new legislation that will ensure schools give equal weighting to apprenticeships and academic options when giving careers advice.