Fears of maintained nursery schools closures

Thousands of SEND children could lose daily support unless the government continues to provide extra funding for maintained nursery schools.

Coalition campaigns for improved children services

A number of unions and children’s organisations have urged the government to prioritise children in the government's spending decisions.

Fully funded pay rise needed to protect music teachers

School music lessons will be under threat unless the government covers the cost of the teacher pay rise to include music teachers.

Surviving libraries see hours cut due to lack of funding

Libraries across England that have avoided closure after funding cuts have significantly reduced their public opening times.

Mental health referrals rise by quarter four children

The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by 26 per cent over the past five years.

Local authorities supported to tackle childhood obesity

Public Health Minister Steve Brine has encouraged local authorities to apply to its ‘trailblazer’ programme to tackle childhood obesity

Labour pledges enhanced 30-hour childcare scheme

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to announce a pledge to extend the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme.

Unpaid overtime pushing public sector to ‘tipping point’

A new report from UNISON has argued that public services support staff are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year.

Labour to make no more academies pledge

Angela Rayner is set to tell the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the current school system is ‘simply not fit for purpose’.

Rotherham commissioners removed following intervention

The government has announced that its intervention in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is to end on 24 September.

Norfolk CC could shut 46 of its 53 children’s centres

Under new proposals, Norfolk County Council has recommended shutting 46 out of 53 centres when their contracts end in September 2019.

Children forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air

Children are breathing dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school, as well as once they are inside their classrooms.

Family placement postcode lottery for children in care

Children going into care face a postcode lottery for the opportunity to stay with relatives, with one in five initially placed with a friend or relative.

30 hours free childcare hitting both parents and providers

The 30 hours funded childcare offer has led to increased fees for nearly half of parents and is financially hitting providers.

Better procurement advice could save schools millions

The Education Secretary has published a new toolkit to help schools save money to ensure every pound possible is being spent in the classroom.

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Event Diary

Corby Ganesh, Portfolio Director at GovNet, discusses how this year’s show in Manchester Central is the ideal space for procurement professionals to network, meet suppliers and learn what’s new in the industry.

Supplier Profiles

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