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Select Committee hears it was a challenging year for assessment.

Attending a hearing on primary assessment, minister backs teacher assessment for writing tests and says he is 'open-minded' about how baseline test will be carried out

Education minister Nick Gibb has admitted that last year’s highly controversial Sats did not go as “smoothly” as he would have hoped.

Last summer’s tests for Year 6 pupils were the first under the tougher curriculum, and were hit by leaked test papers, complaints from schools about inadequate time to prepare, concerns they were too hard and a boycott by some parents.

Asked what went wrong, Mr Gibb told today’s Education Select Committee hearing on primary assessment that it was “a challenging year”.

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"Firmer grip" on Welsh Assembly Education Improvement Grant.

There has been a lack of effective monitoring of a grant designed to help some of lowest achieving children in Wales, the assembly's influential education committee has warned.

The Welsh Government needs a "firmer grip" of the Education Improvement Grant (EIG), it said.

It focused on the support for Gypsy, Roma and minority ethnic children.

Ministers said they were determined all children were "given every possible opportunity" to reach their potential.

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Teacher shortage getting worse.

The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle "significant teacher shortages" in England, a committee of MPs has said.

The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan, as schools struggle to recruit enough teachers and pupil numbers continue to rise.

MPs want more active efforts to reduce the numbers quitting teaching.

The Department for Education said there were currently record levels of teachers.

A spokesman said: "We recognise there are challenges."

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Could funding cuts mean shorter hours for one Multi-Academy Trust.

Pupils at seven schools could have shorter days after a trust head say he may have to cut hours to save money.

Dave Baker, of the Olympus Trust which operates near Bristol, said government cuts had left it at "crisis point".

Parents described the funding problem as "diabolical". A union said the idea was "terrible" but families deserved to know the truth about funding.

A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said new funding plans would increase the trust's budget by 2.4%.

The Olympus Trust runs one secondary, one all-through school and five primary academies in South Gloucestershire, to the north of Bristol.


In the letter Mr Baker warned parents of the "unthinkable" decisions the trust could be forced to make from September.

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Head Teacher resigns over school funding crisis.

A head teacher has resigned in protest over the school funding crisis, telling parents she had not gone into teaching to cut the number of teachers or increase class sizes.

Mary Sandell, head of the Forest School in Winnersh, Berkshire, has written to parents about "bleak" funding problems.

Head teachers across England have been warning of budget shortages - with threats of cutting school hours.

The Department for Education has said schools have record levels of funding.

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