School governors have given a damning verdict on the government’s performance, with eight in 10 governors having a ‘negative’ view of government policies, according to a survey conducted by the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and TES.

Lord Baker, who served as Education Secretary in the Conservative government from 1986-89, has questioned the government’s target for 90 per cent of pupils to study the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc), claiming that it has a ‘narrow academic focus’.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has criticised government plans to cap public sector severance payments.

The Labour Party has launched a petition to oppose the government’s proposals to lift the ban on opening new grammar schools.

The Department for Education (DfE) has assured that data on pupils’ nationality collected by schools ‘will not be passed on to the Home Office’.

The teacher recruitment crisis has become ‘so severe’ that it is impacting pupils’ performance at GCSE, according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

The Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into assessment in primary schools to scrutinise how recent reforms have affected teaching and learning.

Oxford University vice-chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, has rejected government proposals for universities to sponsor schools, according to a report from the BBC.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has claimed plans to open new grammar schools will ‘turbo-charge social mobility’ in England.

Derbyshire County Council has introduced new rules which allow parents to take their children on holiday during term-time, so long has the child’s attendance over the previous 12 months is above 94 per cent.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has warned that too much testing in schools risks killing the joy of reading for children.

Parents are deeply divided over the government's proposals to bring back grammar schools, according to a new survey conducted by Mumsnet.

The Liberal Democrat Party has promised to ‘end the current system of SATS in primary schools’, warning that tests have become a ‘distraction’ in schools.

Glasgow Council’s Education Services has advised schools in the area to relax uniform rules and be sensitive to disadvantaged pupils whose families may struggle to afford it.

The government has given the green light for 77 new free schools to be opened over the next few years, providing spaces for over 80,000 pupils.