Norfolk County Council’s SEN provision criticised

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council’s provision for children with SEN following two investigations.

‘Rebalanced' deal pledged for schools in tough areas

A proposed new inspection framework is seeking to rebalance the process to make sure that young people receive the best teaching possible.

Third of schools unable to cover their costs

Nearly a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, finds new research.

No London school to be exposed to pollution by 2025

A new report commissioned by City Hall predicts that as no schools in the capital will be exposed to illegally high levels of air pollution by 2025.

Children’s social care rated Outstanding in Essex

Ofsted inspectors have judged Essex County Council’s children's social care services to be of the highest quality.

SEN children waiting too long for EHC plan

Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan.

88 per cent of councils overspend on children’s services

133 out of 152 councils responsible for children’s services overspent in 2017-18, collectively overspending by an estimated £807 million.

Funding for 900 new children’s social workers

The government has revealed plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

CPR could become compulsory in all schools

Damian Hinds has outlined plans for life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency to be taught in every school from 2020.

Academies performing below average for disadvantaged

New analysis has revealed that two-thirds of academy chains across England are performing below average for disadvantaged pupils.

Sports bodies must help children play more sport

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has called on leading sporting bodies to work with schools and help more children play competitive sport.

Early learning gap for those in poverty widening

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in 76 out of 152 local authorities.

Lack of lollipop men and women a safety risk

The number of lollipop men and women funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500 in the last five years.

£1.6 billion funding gap for SEND by 2020

The current SEND funding deficit could double to an estimated £806 million next year, possibly rising to £1.6 billion in 2020.

New support for children with special educational needs

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that councils will receive £250 million to provide much needed SEND support.

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