Stalling academy plans causing problems for councils

It is taking longer than expected to turn under-performing schools into academies, causing ‘considerable variation’ across the country.

Inadequate provision of education services in Sunderland

Further education and skills training at Sunderland City Council has been deemed inadequate, with Ofsted warning of ‘radicalisation’ risks.

Glasgow to consider free school meals for P4 students

Approximately 6,000 children in Glasgow could benefit from a plan to provide free school dinners for all children in Primary 4.

Over 500 children's centres closed since 2010

Government figures have shown that local councils have closed more than 500 children’s centres since 2010.

Air pollution sessions for Oxford students

Oxford City Council has published an educational toolkit for its schools to better children’s understanding of the causes and impact of air pollution.

Public sector cuts limiting FM outsourcing potential

A study has found that growth in facilities management outsourcing has been limited by cuts in public sector budgets.

Half of council-helped children experience abuse

The LGA has warned that half of children who are assessed as ‘in need of extra help’ by councils have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.

Worcestershire approves SEND Strategy

Worcestershire County Council has approved its SEND Strategy for 2017-2021 to improve outcomes for children with SEND needs.

More than half of councils plan to close children’s centres

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that over half of councils in England are planning to slash costs by closing children’s centres.

Compulsory mental health counselling for secondary schools

The LGA has said that every secondary school in the country should be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils.

Improvements for fostering system published

A review of foster care in England has been published, recommending greater stability and permanence for young people in foster care.

Government must make young people safer online

The NSPCC has criticised the government for failing to implement half of its recommendations to make young people safer online.

£1m paid to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare

Because of glitches on the Revenue & Customs website, HMRC has paid almost £1 million to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare.

Nearly 50,000 children not receiving suitable education

The National Children’s Bureau has raised concerns over the welfare of children missing education in England.

Significant improvement in children’s services in Cumbria

Ofsted inspectors have reported that all services for children provided by Cumbria County Council have improved significantly.

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