21-25 septemberThis week's headlines include criticism of the government's EBAcc proposal by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, police figures showing that tens of thousands of school-based crimes were reported last year, and suggestions that UIFSM funding will be cut in the November spending review.
22 septemberIn the news today: schools have been warned against employing Ofsted inspectors for 'mocksteds', a report suggests that disadvantaged Welsh children are significantly more likely than wealthier peers to have a smaller vocabulary aged 5, and a charity has warned that outdoor space in the early years is disappearing.
23 septemberIn the news today: DfE figures show that appeals against pupil place decisions have risen, George Osborne has announced a funding boost for the teaching of Mandarin, and petitions calling for universal free school meals to continue have received nearly 20,000 signatures.
24 septemberIn the news today: the proportion of pupils reaching expected levels in the year 1 phonics test has risen from last year, police figures show that over 30,000 school-related crimes were reported in 2014, and Nicky Morgan has called for classic novels to be sold to schools at a lower price.
Osborne set to scrap universal infant free school meals (21/9/2015)Universal infant free school meals look likely to be scrapped as the DfE attempts to make savings before the November spending review. Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has claimed that ending the scheme would be nonsensical, as many schools have already invested in new kitchen facilities.