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.

Cornwall Council has been praised by Ofsted for the radical turnaround of it’s children services.

Sunderland City Council has announced it will set up a new organisation to deliver its children's services, after a poor Ofsted report last year.

A freedom of Information request (FoI) submitted by The Times has revealed that councils across England and Wale referred a total of 284 to the government’s deradicalisation programme, Channel, in 2015.

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) has called on the government to delay the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and overhaul the proposed system.

Unite has warned against Greenwich Council’s plans to close mobile library services, arguing it could threaten children’s literacy.

In a report, the Commons Public Account Committee (PAC) has cautioned that plans to offer pre-schoolers in England 30 hours of free childcare may be jeopardised if not enough childminders and nurseries can offer places.

Sandwell Council’s children’s social care services are facing the possibility of being transferred to a voluntary trust, after receiving an inadequate rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Knowsley council has said it is ‘determined’ to ensure young people can study A-levels in its borough, after previously encouraging pupils to receive the qualifications elsewhere.

Low standards in schools across the East Midlands region are exposing the educational fault line dividing the nation, Ofsted has said.

Barnsley council has decided to reduce the length of the summer holiday, and extend October half-term, in a move it claims will improve its pupils’ educational success.

A study by The Key has found that delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities is hampering schools’ ability to support special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils.

Children services at Birmingham City Council are due to be taken over by a trust, after Ofsted inspectors branded the service a ‘national disgrace’.

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