Councils would regain powers to intervene in struggling academy schools, reversing the trend of increasing autonomy, under radical proposals from schools minister David Laws.
Labour has called on the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, to abandon the policy of allowing unqualified teachers in the classroom, amid speculation that plans are being considered to extend initial teacher training from two years to three.
The Liberal Democrats will go into the next election proposing to triple the pupil premium for early years infants, according to David Laws, the education minister.
John Nash, a wealthy Tory donor, venture capitalist and enthusiastic sponsor of academies, has been appointed an education minister in a move that will delight those seeking faster reform by the education secretary, Michael Gove.
Margaret Thatcher and her chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe were behind a politically toxic plan in 1982 to dismantle the welfare state, newly released Downing Street documents show. She later attempted to distance herself from the plans after what was described as a "riot" in her cabinet.
Michael Gove has gone against expert advice from his own independent panel several times over the sale of school playing fields.