Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the opening of 18 new free schools, reaffirming his pledge to open 500 free schools by 2020.

The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed the first ever mental health champion for schools to help raise awareness of young people’s mental health.

The latest Key Stage 2 results show substantial increases in the number of 11-year-olds securing maths and literary skills needed for secondary school compared to 2010.

Six councils in the north and north-east of Scotland are to hold a summit to tackle the increasing difficulties in recruiting and retaining teaching staff.

Sir Greg Martin, the executive head teacher of an academy whose trust is under investigation from the Charity Commission for potential financial mismanagement, is to retire.

Teachers and other public sector workers have been warned that the one per cent pay rise promised to public sector staff is not guaranteed.

Oxfordshire County Council is investing £1.1 million to improve facilities and promote free school meals.

87 per cent of school leaders do not support the introduction of the compulsory GCSEs needed to fulfil the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), according to a new survey from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

The Policy Exchange has suggested that schools should be fined with a ‘resit levy’ for pupils that fail to pass GCSE maths and English, to cover the costs of subsequent resits at further education (FE) colleges.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has announced it will open an investigation into England’s teacher training system.

The Reverend Nigel Genders, chief education officer of the Church of England, has criticised changes to the GCSE system, arguing that they have led to religious education (RE) being ‘watered down’.

Large academy chains, exam boards and other education sector charities could face an apprenticeship tax to support the creation of new apprenticeships.