Education Secretary and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has backed longer school days, saying they could be particularly beneficial to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Hear what she had to say below:
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After the Department for Education rejected plans for a new Free School in Newark, project manager Tony Henton, says it will not put an end to their efforts:
We're not giving up. We're going out this weekend to try and recruit that extra 25 people we need so we can go back to the government... Ultimately we haven't met the target that was set and now we have to go and meet it... It's still true that parents of 800 children in Newark would rather send their children to school outside Newark. We want to change that.
Plans for a new free school in Newark have been rejected by the government.
The school failed to meet the strict criteria for government funding and did not obtain the 75 students necessary.
The Department for Education told Nottinghamshire County Council they would not to be approving the Newark School of Enterprise.
An inspection report on school standards in the West Midlands paints a generally "much improved" picture.
Lorna Fitzjohn from Ofsted says they're most concerned about Wolverhampton and Walsall.
Experts at the University of Nottingham say children should be allowed to take their phones into classrooms despite them being banned in some schools. Researchers say smartphones can be useful for timing experiments, creating films, and taking exams using apps.