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.

Primary pupil surge put school places at risk

Nearly 134,000 children will miss out on a secondary school place by 2023 as a result of the surge in primary school pupils.

‘Severe shortage’ in teachers for new academic year

Schools in England are facing a ‘severe shortage’ of teachers ahead of the new academic year.

Improvements recognised in Brighton’s children’s services

Both Ofsted and the government have sent Brighton & Hove City Council congratulations for improvements to its children’s social care services.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls admit to 'self-harming’

A new report examining the state of children's wellbeing in the UK has found that nearly a quarter of girls in the UK have self-harmed.

‘Shameful’ inequality in education system

The Labour Party has highlighted sharp inequalities between students at schools in the most and least deprived areas in England.

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