Rising hardship behind families needing council support

A survey has suggested that a rise in family conflict and hardship is behind the current heightened pressures on child protection services.

£18m extension to Opportunity Area programme

Young people in some of the most disadvantaged parts of England are set to benefit from an extra £18 million investment.

School transport costs to rise to £1.2bn by 2024

Unsustainable costs are set to push councils’ bill for providing free home to school transport to £1.2 billion a year by 2024.

Further funding boost to support childcare

Councils will receive a funding boost to deliver free childcare places, enabling parents to work more flexibly.

Young people 'should have their say' at poll

The Children's Commissioner for Wales has said that young people should have been allowed to have their say in the upcoming General Election.

League tables ‘punish and reward wrong schools’

Secondary school league tables continue to misrepresent the performance of schools by failing to take into account pupil background.

Multi-million investment in school buildings

Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of more than £400 million to improve their school buildings.

Further £12 million boost for youth projects

Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost as part of the government’s commitment to level up opportunities for young people.

Welsh Government should consider doubling FSM threshold

Welsh Assembly Members have said that the earnings threshold for families entitled to free school meals should double in 2020.

Record breaking year for the UK’s culture industry

Almost 50 million people visited museums and galleries in the UK last year, the highest number since records began.

New support for young people leaving care

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has made £19 million available for programmes to improve support for care leavers.

SEN reforms failing young people and parents

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is failing to receive the support it deserves.

Five times more air pollution on school run in London

Pupils travelling to primary schools across the capital are five times more exposed to air pollution than at any other time of the day.

£5.5m investment in Stoke’s children’s services

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed recommendations to fund a £5.5 million redirection of cash to its children’s services.

One in eight schools have no library

Around one in eight schools do not have a library, with poorer children less likely to have access to one than their richer peers.