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.
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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.
A former Conservative education minister has allegedlysuggested that the Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather was a poor families minister because she has no children.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Tim Loughton said Miss Teather, who has no children, failed to support married couples in office because she “doesn’t really believe in family”.
Mr Loughton, who was speaking to activists at the Conservative Renewal conference in Windsor, said: "The person who was actually in charge of family policy amongst the ministerial team at the DfE [Department for Education] was Sarah Teather.
"Which was a bit difficult because she doesn't really believe in family. She certainly didn't produce one of her own. So it became a bit of a family-free zone. I think that is a huge disappointment."
Mr Loughton has since tweeted that his words had been "distorted" by journalists, and were "not a personal attack" on Miss Teather.
The MP said he was "sorry" and his criticism was "not intended or fair" and was meant to be of Lib Dem family policy rather than of Miss Teather.
Department for Education workers have voted to go on strike in a row over spending cuts, the Public and Commercial Services union said.