Sex and religious education to be made compulsory

Parents lose the right to withdraw pupils from lessons about relationships, sexuality and religion. Read more »

Cambridge University’s King’s College Chapel lawn to become meadow

The university gardeners want to turn the manicured grass into a "biodiversity-rich ecosystem". Read more »

BAME foster care shortage in two-thirds of English councils

Two-thirds of councils in England have a shortage of black, Asian or minority ethnic foster carers. Read more »

Young offenders in ‘harmful solitary confinement’ in England and Wales

The prisons inspectorate finds "flaws" in policy of separating young offenders in England and Wales. Read more »

Third of world’s poorest girls denied access to school

A "crippling learning crisis" faces girls in some of the world's most deprived countries, says UN. Read more »

Should schools be allowed to ban slang words like ‘peng’?

Research suggests that slang bans in schools may be more harmful than good. Read more »

‘Value for money’ review of £1.3bn university funding

A review will examine how university funding can be targeted at priority subjects. Read more »

Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors

Understanding usage by children is key to studying potential harms and benefits, psychiatrists say. Read more »

London council’s special needs inquiry caused by ‘systemic failures’

The cases of all children with suspected special educational needs in Richmond are going to be reviewed. Read more »

‘Grade inflation’ in top degree grades stopping

The sharp rise in first class degrees from universities has stalled after pressure from ministers. Read more »