£700 catch-up premium for poorer pupils

A catch-up premium of £700 for every pupil on free school meals should be given to secondary schools when they reopen.

Clarity sought on relaxation of special needs duties

Councils and their partners need greater flexibility to meet the needs of children with special educational needs.

Children with social workers behind peers in attainment

A new study has found that pupils with a social worker are educationally behind their peers by the age of 16.

Most parents do not feel confident teaching at home

New polling has revealed that only 42 per cent of parents feel confident about teaching their children at home.

Coronavirus: Academisation should be put on hold

Academy conversions should be suspended to help over-stretched councils focus on supporting schools to stay open, says LGA.

School closures play only 'marginal' role in containing coronavirus

A new study has suggested that school closures do not appear to have a significant effect on the spread of coronavirus.

Councils face lawsuits over lockdown education access

The government must ensure pupils from poor backgrounds have internet connections during the coronavirus lockdown or face legal action.

New digital mental health help in Manchester

A new response on mental health has been launched to complement work already happening at a local level in Greater Manchester.

Pre-school childcare scheme for critical workers in Wales

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers.

Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter

The government has announced that the free school voucher scheme will be extended in England over the two-week Easter holiday.

Library memberships rise by 600 per cent

Libraries have seen an increase in newly registered users of more than 600 per cent since lockdown measures were introduced.

Collaboration launched to support cultural organisations

The LGA is collaborating with Arts Council England to help support cultural organisations to deal with the current coronavirus situation.

Children commissioner calls for volunteer social workers

Anne Longfield has called for an army of volunteers to help support children’s social care during the coronavirus crisis.

Young people’s mental health hit by coronavirus

Over 80 per cent of young people with a history of mental ill health have found their conditions have worsened since the coronavirus crisis.

‘Children of the pandemic’ risk becoming unseen victims

Urgent intervention is needed to ensure that millions of children are not unfairly disadvantaged by the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis.