The Sottish government has been accused of treating schoolchildren ‘like guinea pigs’ as it pushed forward with plans to bring in national testing in P1, P4, P7 and S3 (Years 1, 4, 7 and 9).

The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) has published a report calling on the government to ban children from being allowed to order takeaways to their school.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that school nurses could help tackle the crisis in children’s mental health, but that staff numbers were reducing.

Portsmouth and Reading Councils are among a number of local authorities which have called for the introduction of an education register to declare home schooled pupils.

Scotland’s local government body Cosla has raised concerns that the government’s ‘hasty’ changes to the country’s education system ‘could do irreparable damage for future generations’.

A group of maths associations have come together to voice concerns over the proposed Year 7 ‘progress check’, suggesting their could be unintended costs for learning.

In a report, the Public Account Committee (PAC) has cautioned that ministers have ‘no plan’ to address the growing teacher shortage in England.

The Education Select Committee has heard that a number of teachers are starting their careers in primary school with only a few hours training in some subject areas.

Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw has called on the government to reinstate key stage 3 exams, claiming abolition of tests had allowed standards to drop and has widened the gap between the rich and poor.

A petition against government plans to compel children to resit their Sats test at secondary schools has gained over 4,000 signatures.

Grammar schools in Kent have been encouraged to provide up to 700 more places for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Barnsley Council has approved plans to reduced school summer holidays by a week, in favour of an extra week off later in the year.

The names of three more deputy directors have been revealed to academy trust chief executives.

Author Meg Rosoff has condemned UK education policy, describing the government’s focus on exams as ‘an assault on childhood’.

Education directors in Scotland have advised that the new education secretary John Swinney must rebuild the government’s broken relationship with councils, following budget cuts.

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