Hundreds of primary schools in England fail to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets brought in this year.
Twenty secondary schools achieve the highest band rating - eight less than last year according to performance rankings.
The most vulnerable students will be hit hardest by plans to cut funding for 18-year-olds in full time education, say school and college leaders.
Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest.
The latest rankings in secondary school performance in Wales are to be revealed but teaching unions are critical of the system.
National curriculum tests for 14-year-old in England's school should be reintroduced, says the chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw.
Providing universal childcare could help more than 250,000 parents back to work, according to a report which also urges a shake-up of working-age benefits.
The number of parental child abduction cases has more than doubled in the last decade, new figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) suggest.
Sir Michael Wilshaw says the "battle against mediocrity" must improve schools in all parts of England.
Universities have been forced to extend deadlines because software used to catch plagiarism stopped working.
A group of more than 1,000 students marches across central London in a protest which has seen a police van attacked.
The public spending watchdog says England's flagship free school programme will cost at least three times the sum it was originally allocated.
The number of obese and overweight children in the final year of primary school in England has fallen for the first time in six years.
Students say they never took courses that an east London college's records show they achieved passes in, thus netting substantial funding from the government.
People in Western countries complaining about the success of Chinese pupils in school tests have been attacked as bad losers, by the OECD's education expert, Andreas Schleicher.
Political tensions surrounding the scrapping of the 11-plus are having a major impact on the welfare of pupils in Northern Ireland, a report has said.
Boys are much more likely than girls to be influenced by how they are ranked by ability in school, research suggests.
Lack of a proper national policy to get UK children to do more exercise amounts to mass "child neglect", the British Journal of Sports Medicine says.
Shetland Islands Council's education committee votes in favour of closing Scotland's smallest secondary school.
An MP calls for an end to what he sees as heavy handed crackdowns on student protests after a wave of university occupations.
The OECD's rankings of the world education systems are about to be published.
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