Councils could soon have scrutiny powers over academies similar to those they already have for health bodies.

Despite positive progress in children’s social care in the region, the services at Sandwell Council are to be transferred to a trust.

Local authority body Cosla has advised that councils should resist any moves to centralise control of education.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has claimed that councils are failing to monitor schools in Britain for dangerous air pollution, despite government advice to do so.

Plymouth City Council has launched a fraud investigation after pupils have reported seeing the papers for their 11-plus English and Maths exams.

The Times has reported that the number of children being adopted has fallen significantly for the first time in five years, despite record numbers being taken into care.

Childcare costs could ‘sky-rocket’ as nurseries await less funding for a free government childcare scheme, a charity has warned.

Peterborough City Council’s fostering and adoption services are due to be taken over by The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT).

The potential cost to council taxpayers of converting all schools to academies is £320 million, says the LGA.

Derbyshire County Council has introduced new rules which allow parents to take their children on holiday during term-time, so long has the child’s attendance over the previous 12 months is above 94 per cent.

Hundreds of nursery schools could close if the government presses ahead with plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, the NAHT has warned.

Ofsted has rated children services run by Wirral Council as ‘inadequate’, after an investigation found ‘widespread and serious failures’.

A group of foster care workers have voted to form the first ever trade union for the profession.

The control of education services in Slough is set to be returned to the powers of the council, after the Department for Education ordered that the children centres be run by Cambridge Education.

Durham County Council has offered a two-year compensation package to teaching assistants (TAs), following a row surrounding its plan to pay the region’s 2,700 TAs for 39 weeks instead of 52.

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