Parents squeezed by rising childcare costs

The annual survey by Coram Family and Childcare has found that parents across Britain are being squeezed by rising childcare costs and a drop in available places.

£48 million to improve access to cultural heritage

More than 60 organisations in England will receive a share of £48 million which is being released as part of the Cultural Investment Fund.

New body created to better support teachers

A new independent government body will be created to support teachers in delivering excellent curriculum content as part of world class lessons.

SEND review needs to tackle rise in tribunal hearings

Reforms designed to improve the lives of children with SEND have failed to prevent a rise in legal disputes and tribunal hearings over the support they receive.

‘Epidemic' of educational inequality for disadvantaged pupils

The government’s multi-million pound catch up programme risks failing pupils who need it the most, says the Education Select Committee.

New research finds patchy careers educations across UK

More than a third of secondary school pupils don’t feel confident in taking their next steps in education and training, according to the Sutton Trust.

New commission launched to promote role of culture

The LGA is launching a new commission to promote the role of arts and culture in the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

Children’s social worker shortage reaches five-year high

Latest workforce data shows that the number of children and family social workers quitting their jobs at a five-year high.

Funding boost for new families as adoptions increase

Investment to support new adoptive families is expected to help thousands of vulnerable children in care find permanent homes faster.

New diversity and inclusion plan for Civil Service

Steve Barclay has said that the people who design and deliver government services across the UK should better reflect those they serve.

Over 100 places to see improved access to culture and arts

Access to arts and culture will be transformed with plans to increase and better distribute funding for the sector to previously neglected areas.

Free cyber skills training for thousands of school pupils

Thousands of secondary school students will learn essential cyber security skills for free through a new online learning platform being rolled out in schools.

Extra support to safeguard political impartiality in schools

The government has published guidance to support teachers in tackling sensitive issues in the classroom in a politically impartial way.

Study finds access to public play spaces is unfair and unequal

A FOI survey carried out by the Association of Play Industries has revealed that some UK regions have almost five times the free-to-access play provision of others.

NHS mental health access for children a ‘postcode lottery’

The Children’s Commissioner for England has claimed that children’s access to specialist NHS mental health services remains ‘a postcode lottery’.

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