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The Government is being urged to make the funding of supervised tooth brushing programmes in nurseries and schools an ‘urgent priority’ to combat the 'tooth decay crisis'.

Almost 10,000 schools have signed up to pilot the controversial Reception Baseline Assessment in September, the DfE has confirmed.

The education secretary is inviting schools and local authorities to put forward ideas to improve the funding system for pupils with SEND.

More than 200 four-year-olds, their parents and teachers marched to Downing Street today demanding the Government halt its plan to test children when they first start school.

A ‘passport’ of activities for reception-age children and above has been downloaded an average of 375 times a day since its launch, according to the Department for Education.

Funding for children with special educational needs has failed to keep pace with the rise in demand for provision, according to the National Education Union.

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ by the effects of poverty on children’s learning, with many believing the situation has worsened in the last few years, according to a survey.

The Department for Education (DfE) wants to set up a home-educated register to help councils identify and intervene when children are at risk of harm or not receiving a good standard of education.

A letter from the National Education Union (NEU) urging the education secretary Damian Hinds to end the school funding crisis has been signed by 1,115 local councillors.

A new DfE report on providers’ finances shows that the hourly fee charged by settings for three- and four-year-old places is on average 58p higher than what they receive in funding.