The Scottish government has pledged funding of £4 million to improve attainment in Scottish schools.

Six teaching unions have warned that a national teaching crisis is fast approaching as government limits to teachers’ pay and ‘real terms cuts’ to school budgets risk undermining standards.

A number of MPs including the education, health, home affairs and business committee chairman have called upon the government to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education compulsory in schools.

The Northern Council of Mosques, representing 400 mosques, has opposed the government’s proposals to require madrassas in England to be registered and inspected.

Elizabeth Passmore, the outgoing chief schools adjudicator for England, has published a report containing her concerns regarding the school admissions system, claiming it ‘leaves parents in the dark and fails to serve children well’.

The upcoming year’s GCSE and A-Level examinations have been timetabled to take into account the Muslim religion’s month of fasting, Ramadan.

Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England has called for all schools to provide counselling for pupils.

Girls who attend single sex schools face being at a ‘huge disadvantage’, according to the head teacher of a leading independent school.

Sir David Carter has been appointed as the new National Schools Commissioner (NSC) by the Department for Education (DfE).

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to put education at the heart of the SNP’s election campaign ahead of the Scottish Parliament election in May.

Jahangir Akbar, a head teacher from Birmingham who was accused of misconduct in the so-called Trojan Horse scandal has been banned from teaching, but can challenge the ban after five years.

Following Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s announcement in November that £10 million worth of funding will be used to build seven new academy hubs in northern areas to drive up standards, academy sponsors are being invited to bid on the remaining £5 million.