Exam board OCR has started a new recruitment drive to attract retired teachers as markers, in the wake of an expected shortage.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has suggested that teachers should not be expected to answer emails or spend hours marking schoolwork after 5pm each day.

Students will study about illegal performance enhancing drug use and the the barriers that limit female involvement in sports in the new PE GCSE from exam board OCR.

Three out of four academy chains have schools that are performing below the ‘coasting’ definition and may be harming the performance of disadvantaged pupils, a new report has warned.

The number of pupils attending secondary school is expected to rise by 20 per cent over the next ten years, putting added pressure on school places.

The government has stepped in to ensure ‘community languages’, such as Panjabi, Polish and Turkish, will still be available for pupils to study in school.

Despite the latest efforts of the Education Selection Committee and Green MP Caroline Lucas, the study of PSHE will not be made compulsory in English state schools, and a decision will be pushed back to later this year, the Education Secretary has revealed.

From mid-October, parents choosing a secondary school for their child will for the first time have access to provisional GCSE exam results to help them finalise their choices.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is campaigning for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) to be a statutory subject in all English state schools as it plays a ‘crucial part’ in education.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned of ‘potentially high numbers of pupils’ disappearing from school registers in Birmingham and Tower Hamlets in East London.

Diane Rochford, executive head teacher of the John F. Kennedy School in East London, will oversee a new review into the best way to accurately assess pupils with low attainment.

The poorest children in the UK should be taught in primary schools from the age of two so that they can catch up with more advantaged classmates, says Ofsted chief inspector Michael Wilshaw.