Labour has dropped its opposition to the Conservatives' free schools policy, the new shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has announced.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that £5m in compensation was awarded to pupils in England and Wales last year.
Schools have a "moral responsibility" to keep the cost of pupils' uniform down, council leaders warned today.
Under a performance-related pay system, rather than a time-based system, top teachers could be able to earn as much as £70,000 a year within an estimated five to eight years, according to a new report.
The paper says that this could attract more graduates to the profession, driving up the quality of teaching in schools across the country. According to the Department for Education, the current salaries are:
- Qualified teachers in maintained schools currently earn a minimum of £21,804, or £27,270 in inner London
- Senior teachers can make up to £57,520, or £64,677 in the capital
- Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303.
Top teachers could earn up to £70,000 a year under the new performance-related pay system, according to a new report.
The best performing teachers could be earning higher wages within a much quicker time frame under the format, which is expected to improve standards but must be fair, transparent and reward real excellence, think-tank Policy Exchange warned.
In a paper released today, it welcomes the move - which came into effect in September - and notes that while pay in itself is not the primary motivator for the majority of teachers, those who perform best should be rewarded.
But it also recommends the system include an evaluation based on several measures, not just test or exam scores, which takes place over more than one year to reduce volatility in results and to allow staff to adjust to the new assessments.
In a speech he is due to give in London, Wilshaw believes lessons should not be undermined by "background chatter, inattention and horseplay".
As part of his annual Ofsted report, Sir Michael will warn that there are "stark inequities" across England, with a child's chances of being taught at a good school far too dependent on where they live.
He will add that the "battle against mediocrity" is gradually being won, but that England is still a nation divided into "lucky and unlucky children".
The Duchess of Cambridge, has attended an education forum held by an anti-bullying charity in London's Canary Wharf.
The Duchess is patron of school-based mental health charity Place2Be, which held the event.The charity supports 75,000 children in more than 200 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.
It helps children to cope with issues such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.
Kate was wearing a navy blue pleated skirt by Orla Kiely and a matching jacket by MaxMara as she arrived at the offices of Clifford Chance for the event.
The Department for Education has disputed Ed Miliband's childcare figures, saying they "could not be further from the truth".
Mr Miliband claims there are 35,000 fewer childcare places and 576 fewer Sure Start centres since the last General Election.
However, the Department for Education said only 45 Sure Start centres have shut down since 2010 and new ones have opened with a record number of parents using them.
The chairman of the Conservative Party Grant Shapps said Labour's policy on free schools remains unchanged and still features a "load of bureaucracy attached".
The new shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt earlier signalled that the Labour party had dropped its opposition to the Conservatives' free schools policy.
Speaking to BBC News, Mr Shapps said: "This is the same old Labour policy. They have been saying this for months.
"Free schools will only be allowed in specific circumstances in specific areas with a whole load of bureaucracy attached."
Toby Young said Labour's new position on free schools is unfair to those not living in thriving cities.
Mr Young, who started a free school earlier this year, said it would leave those in rural communities unable to start free schools.
Labour's new shadow education secretary has expressed regret for dismissing the Conservatives' flagship free schools policy as a "vanity project for yummy mummies".
Tristram Hunt confirmed that a Labour government would not close down any of the free schools established under the reforms pioneered by Education Secretary Michael Gove. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, he said:
I regret those comments because I think any parents, be they yummy mummies or faddy daddies, involved in the education of their children is great.
I am putting rocket boosters on getting behind parents and social entrepreneurs.
Labour sources has said the party's position on free schools has not changed and that shadow education secretary Tristam Hunt was continuing with the plans for parent academies set out by his predecessor, Stephen Twigg.