Blackpool to retain council of children’s services

Commissioner reports that Blackpool Council’s children’s social care services should remain under local authority control.

New PM must prioritise tackling children’s homelessness

More than 300 children face becoming homeless during the school holidays this summer as a result of the housing crisis.

10-year plan needed to fix school funding system

The government must fix the broken education funding system and bring forward a strategic ten-year education funding plan.

£2bn pay rise for public sector workers

The Treasury is set to reveal the biggest public sector pay rise in six years as one of Theresa May's final acts as Prime Minister.

Be clear about visits to home-schooled children

Councils must be clear with parents of home-schooled children whether home visits are routine or triggered by specific concerns.

Local authority schools to be more transparent

The DfE has invited views from across the education system on applying some of the financial measures used in academies to local authority run schools.

Government urged to toughen up home education plans

The government’s plans to introduce a compulsory register for home-educated children risk failing children’s safety, warns LGA.

Parents facing holiday childcare bill of up to £800

New research has warned that working parents will have to find £828 on average for six weeks of holiday childcare per child this Summer.

Children with Type 2 diabetes rises by nearly half

The number of young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes has risen by nearly 50 per cent in just five years.

Oxfordshire to replicate children’s social care success

An approach that has changed the way children’s social care operates in Hertfordshire is set to be adopted by Oxfordshire CC.

Academy school success celebrated by DfE

80,000 more children are now studying in good or outstanding sponsored academies, according to new government statistics.

Review for youth service guidance launched

A review of the guidance for councils which sets out how they should secure services for young people has been launched.

Car Free School Streets for Birmingham

A scheme that closes roads around schools to motorised traffic is being piloted in Birmingham from this September.

Children in care to be helped into independent schools

Nadhim Zahawi says that more children growing up in care are to benefit from places at the top private schools.

PM hopefuls should pledge finance to mend broken childhoods

Children’s Commissioner has argued for the next Prime Minister to put their proposed savings towards mending broken childhoods.