Public sector staff to receive pay rises

Having announced similar plans last year, Theresa May has revealed wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector.

Proposals for school children to learn first aid

School children in England are to be taught first aid in a bid to give young people ‘the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school’.

Referral and assessment 'lottery’ for autistic patients

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment.

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13144

The IFS has revealed that total school spending per pupil in England fell by approximately eight per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2018.

Government not learning from high-profile academy failures

In its rush to convert large numbers of schools to academies, the government has failed to learn the lessons from high-profile academy failures.

2.1 million children in England living in vulnerable families

Children’s Commissioner’s report estimates that one in six children in England are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.

Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

£2 million to aid Leicestershire’s children’s centres

Leicestershire County Council is planning to invest £2 million in a new Family Wellbeing Service to help keep more children’s centres open.

Bristol cabinet to consider proposal to keep all Libraries open

A report to Bristol City Council’s cabinet has recommended that all of Bristol’s 27 libraries should be retained.

Measures to halve childhood obesity announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a range of new measures to cut childhood obesity in half by 2030.

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers

Foster carers will receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for children in their care for the first time from September 2018.

30 hours free childcare causing huge challenges for nurseries

The impact of the 30 hours of funded childcare policy is causing huge challenges for nurseries, including growing deficits and additional administration.

Over 180 children placed on child protection plans daily

The LGA has found that more than 180 children are placed on child protection plans every day to keep them safe from harm.

Tackle underperformance in both academies and council-run schools

A new EPI report has found little difference in the performance of schools in academy chains and local authorities.

Children on track to consume double recommended sugar intake

New PHE figures have revealed that children in England have already consumed more than a year’s worth of sugar since January.

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