Northern Ireland’s largest teaching union the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has rejected the latest offer of a one per cent rise in teacher pay, arguing that any increase should be above the rate of inflation.

In response to a freedom of information (FoI) request submitted by the Local Schools Network, the Department for Education (DfE) has revealed it spent over £3 million to transfer 23 academies to new trusts.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has further clarified its position on reforms to school funding with a collection of essays discussing what a revised funding formula could look like.

TES has reported that Tony Foot, director of the Department for Education’s funding group, is under ‘no illusion’ about the financial challenges schools are due to face as a result of rising costs and real terms budget cuts.

An investigation launched by Tes has found that exam boards may be set to increase their fees for schools and are considering cuts to subjects in reformed GCSEs and A-levels, as they struggle with financial pressures.

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.

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.

Summer schools for disadvantaged pupils face closures as a result of having their funding withdrawn.

Spending on supply teachers has risen by £300 million over the last two years to reach a record £1.3 billion, according to analysis by the Labour party.

The majority of teachers are facing confusion over the pay policy, while many are still waiting to learn whether their salaries will increase this year as schools struggle with budget cuts.

Head teachers have warned that the teacher shortage will be exacerbated by the government’s proposal to limit teachers’ pay rises to one per cent.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a partnership with NHS England to trial a named single point of contact in 255 schools to promote ‘better joined-up working’ between schools and health services.

According to research conducted by TES, school debt is on course to more than double within the next two years.

The Department for Education has released official figures showing 485 teachers are earning a salary of £65,000 or more, after an investigation was launched into complaints claiming a teacher recruitment advertisement was misleading.