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Education experts unhappy with DfE primary testing plans

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 June 2017

Department for Education proposals to scrap tests for seven-year-olds and introduce a new assessment at age four or five would not deliver the improvements required within primary schools, education campaigners have warned.

Efforts to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Cambridgeshire through counselling have been praised by inspectors, after the move contributed to a reduction in school exclusions.

Plans to scrap free school meals for primary school children and allow new grammar schools to be opened have not featured in the government's legislative plans for the new parliament.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has been asked to give urgent reassurances about fire safety in schools in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy last week.

A children's rights expert has been made a dame in the Queen's birthday honours, with more than 130 people in total being recognised for their contribution to children's services or education.

A former public health minister and a former immigration minister have been appointed to the DfE ministerial team following a government reshuffle.

Timpson departure 'a loss' for children's sector, says Loughton

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Neil Puffett |

12 June 2017

Edward Timpson's defeat in last week's general election, meaning he will be replaced as children's minister, is a loss for the sector, his predecessor Tim Loughton has said.

Charity backs overhaul of SEND system

By Joe Lepper |

07 June 2017

A charity has said an overhaul of support for children with special educational needs is necessary because changes currently being implemented are restricting access to support for young people.

School budget cuts 'put children at risk'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

02 June 2017

Children's safety and wellbeing is being put at risk as a result of planned cuts to school office staff, it has been claimed.

Two councils are set to continue providing free school meals for all primary-age children until 2025 as part of a contract worth as much as £75m.