22,000 children severely obese after primary school

New analysis by the LGA has revealed that more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.

£1m fund to protect London pupils from pollution

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new £1 million fund to help some of London’s most polluted primary schools fight poor air quality.

‘Faltering’ academy finances need correcting

The LGA has strongly urged the government to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or be prepared to let councils oversee them.

Cars should be banned from school gates

Living Streets has set out 21 recommendations to enable more children to walk to and from school and fight air pollution.

Special guardian policy left many families out of pocket

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found problems in the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.

Council cuts leaving deaf children at breaking point

The National Deaf Children’s Society has warned that more than a third of councils are cutting educational support for deaf children.

£28 million to support children and young people

The government has announced that ten projects across England that support disadvantaged children and young people will receive over £28 million.

DfE announces struggling schools to face single target

Operating a single ‘trigger’ point to indicate when struggling schools require intervention would help to create a more simple education system.

Welsh children’s services reaching ‘crisis point’

The Welsh Local Government Association has warned that children's services in Wales are nearly ‘at crisis point’.

Leicestershire to roll-out Smart Libraries network

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that up to 14 libraries in the region will be converted to ‘Smart Libraries’.

£8.5m fund to improve early language and literacy development

An £8.5 million programme has opened for local authorities to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.

Student majority warning causing funding gap

A growing funding gap is developing in Nottingham, caused by the high proportion of students in Nottingham leaving the city council short of council tax.

First choice primary school for majority in England

An estimated 90 per cent of pupils were offered a place at their first choice of primary school this year.

Extent of child tooth decay revealed

New Public Health England data has revealed that a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay.

1,000 children’s centres lost since 2009

New research by the Sutton Trust has revealed that as many as 1,000 Sure Start centres across the country have closed since 2009.

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