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Claims Jimmy Savile abused children in 21 institutions will be investigated by local authorities in England, the government has said.
The Department for Education received information about Savile's alleged abuse in several children's homes and schools in England throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Department for Education has stressed taking children out of school during term time without permission "is a criminal offence".
A spokesperson said parents "should not discount a penalty notice from the cost of a cheaper holiday" after a skiing holiday firm offered to refund any fines incurred.
"Taking children out of school without permission for a holiday is a criminal offence," the department said.
"When doing so, parents are risking prosecution which could mean much higher financial penalties and a criminal record."
The Department for Education has defended its free schools initiative following the arrest of a man in connection with alleged fraud at Kings Science Academy in Bradford, one of its flagship free schools.
A spokesman said the "vast majority" of free schools are performing well and "all free schools are held to rigorous account", adding that the department acted as soon as it received allegations of wrongdoing at the academy.
The department acted as soon as it received allegations of wrongdoing at Kings Science Academy.
We formally investigated and referred the case to Action Fraud. This resulted in a police investigation which is ongoing. Separately we are recovering appropriate funds.
All free schools are held to rigorous account. The vast majority are performing well with three-quarters rated good or outstanding. But where there is failure we will not hesitate to intervene.
A Department for Education spokesperson said:
This Serious Case Review, which has been heavily redacted, does not meet the standards of transparency and sharp analysis which we now expect and which best allows lessons to be learnt.
We understand there are particular legal constraints which have resulted in the heavy redactions.
We have consequently agreed with Rochdale LSCB that we will commission, early in the New Year, an examination of the evidence assembled by the SCR to explore whether an un-redacted document can be put into the public domain with a sharp and coherent analysis of what happened in this complex case and why.
More than 700 primary schools in England fall below the Government's new tougher standards in reading, writing and arithmetic, Department for Education figures suggest.
For the first time, schools are judged on the number of children achieving at least a Level 4 - the standard expected of the age group - in reading, writing and maths.
They must ensure that at least 60% of pupils reach this level in all three subjects and meet national averages in pupil progress.
In previous years, they were rated on reading and writing combined to form an overall English result and maths, as well as progress.
The 767 schools that fail to meet the target are considered under-performing and face being taken over and turned into academies.
Tens of thousands of teenagers are to be encouraged to study a new maths qualification, which covers topics relevant to every day life.
Ministers have announced fresh details of new courses for 16 to 18-year-olds, which they say will give youngsters the numeracy skills they need for the workplace.
The courses are aimed at teenagers who score at least a C in GCSE maths but then usually drop the subject, the Government said.
They will include topics like statistics, probability and advanced calculation, the Department for Education said.