Children’s Commissioner calls for home education register

The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for a compulsory home education register after raising concerns about the increasing number of children who are being educated at home.

Gloucestershire budget to invest in children’s services

Gloucestershire County Council’s budget for 2019/20 will see almost £11 million extra invested into children’s services.

Teachers to be offered financial incentives to stay

The Education Secretary reveals that extra financial incentives will be made available to encourage talented teachers to stay in the classroom.

Cultural cutbacks warning made as budgets feel pressure

Spending on museums, galleries, libraries, and local arts support has been reduced by almost £400 million over the last eight years.

Half of pupils in an academy or free school

More than 50 per cent of pupils in state-funded schools in England are now studying in an academy or free school.

Government not clued up on children’s social care pressures

A new report has concluded that the Department for Education does not fully understand what is driving demand for children’s social care.

Academy failures on funds damaging education

MPs have warned over a succession of high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.

Local authorities trailing universities in cloud adoption

New analysis of cloud adoption across councils, public bodies, universities and emergency services reveals slow progress and hurdles to climb.

£7.7 million to be invested in Liverpool’s children’s care

An additional 160 staff are to be recruited by Liverpool City Council to cut the caseload of children’s social workers by up to half.

Screen time encouraging children’s inactivity

A new report has highlighted how children are increasingly choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside.

Sustained improvement for Birmingham’s children’s services

An Ofsted inspection has judged children’s social care services in Birmingham as ‘requires improvement to be good’.

Norfolk County Council’s SEN provision criticised

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council’s provision for children with SEN following two investigations.

‘Rebalanced' deal pledged for schools in tough areas

A proposed new inspection framework is seeking to rebalance the process to make sure that young people receive the best teaching possible.

Third of schools unable to cover their costs

Nearly a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, finds new research.

No London school to be exposed to pollution by 2025

A new report commissioned by City Hall predicts that as no schools in the capital will be exposed to illegally high levels of air pollution by 2025.

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