Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that attempts to close and prosecute illegal faith schools are being hindered by councils concerned about upsetting community relations.

Children’s services operated by Sunderland Council have made significant progress, after Ofsted previously rated the services as inadequate.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for powers to allow local authorities to oversee academy budgets, following previous financial scandals.

Charity Mencap has called upon local authorities to do more in helping parents with disabled children access services over the summer holidays.

A report by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has found that the number of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third in the last decade.

The government has launched a new funding system for nurseries, preschools and childminders, in a bid to support its 30-hour free childcare policy.

Senior councillors from across Scotland are set to meet to discuss the government’s education policy.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has claimed that too many young people in care are missing out on the support from independent mentors.

Cardiff Council is set to consider cutting summer holidays from six weeks to five.

Amanda Spielman has been confirmed as Ofsted’s next chief inspector, despite MP moves to block her appointment.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the provision of 31 new free schools, on his final visit as PM, to the Reach Academy in Feltham.

Gwynedd Council is overseeing plans to introduce a major shake-up of education in the area, with particular focus to the way in which schools are managed.

Bolton council has announced proposals to close 13 children’s centres in a bid to save £1.5 million.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised Bradford, Birmingham and Luton councils for doing little to trace pupils which go missing from mainstream schools.

Education select committee MPs have rejected the government’s plant to appoint Amanda Spielman as the next head of Ofsted, claiming they were concerned about her suitability for the job.

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