Children’s social care rated Outstanding in Essex

Ofsted inspectors have judged Essex County Council’s children's social care services to be of the highest quality.

SEN children waiting too long for EHC plan

Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan.

88 per cent of councils overspend on children’s services

133 out of 152 councils responsible for children’s services overspent in 2017-18, collectively overspending by an estimated £807 million.

Funding for 900 new children’s social workers

The government has revealed plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

CPR could become compulsory in all schools

Damian Hinds has outlined plans for life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency to be taught in every school from 2020.

Academies performing below average for disadvantaged

New analysis has revealed that two-thirds of academy chains across England are performing below average for disadvantaged pupils.

Sports bodies must help children play more sport

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has called on leading sporting bodies to work with schools and help more children play competitive sport.

Early learning gap for those in poverty widening

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in 76 out of 152 local authorities.

Lack of lollipop men and women a safety risk

The number of lollipop men and women funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500 in the last five years.

£1.6 billion funding gap for SEND by 2020

The current SEND funding deficit could double to an estimated £806 million next year, possibly rising to £1.6 billion in 2020.

New support for children with special educational needs

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that councils will receive £250 million to provide much needed SEND support.

New bus in bath for reliable mobile library service

Bath & North East Somerset Council will take delivery of a brand new mobile library bus next year to improve its community library services.

£2 million for play opportunities in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £2 million available to help local authorities deliver play opportunities for children in their areas.

Panel to raise outcomes in North East of England

An expert group has been recruited to raise aspirations and create more opportunities for young people in the North East of England.

Children’s social care budget to increase in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is pledging further investment in support of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable children in its budget proposals.

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