The learning gap for primary pupils is widening again

The learning gap between rich and poor primary age pupils in England has widened for the first time since 2007.

Government reverses guidance on face masks in schools

Secondary school pupils in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England.

Daily operations to remove rotten teeth in children rising

Councils have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Apprenticeship opportunities tripled across London

There has been a 14 per cent increase in the number of apprenticeships created directly by boroughs this year.

Ofsted to begin local authority visits in September

Ofsted has announced that it will begin visits to local authorities and children's social care providers from September 2020.

Extend free school meals to migrant families

Free school meals should be permanently extended to the children of migrants who are currently ineligible for public support, say charities.

Labour calls for a Regional Opportunities Guarantee

Labour is urging the government to introduce a Regional Opportunities Guarantee as part of the Kickstarter Scheme.

£40 million funding for local transport authorities

Local transport authorities will receive more than £40 million funding for the autumn term to help with school transport.

‘Level-up’ funding will benefit schools in better-off areas

The Education Policy Institute has warned that better-off pupils in England will see larger school funding increases than poorer pupils.

Councils acting unlawfully against children with autism

The Disability Law Service says more than a quarter of English councils are acting unlawfully by discriminating against children with autism.

Schools must come before pubs in lockdown plans

Anne Longfield has said that schools should be the last places to be locked down if any local or national lockdown takes place.

Workload demands damaging for childcare workers

The SMC has released new research highlighting that the early years workforce in England is underpaid, overworked and undervalued.

Labour warns of ‘perfect storm’ for childcare

A ‘perfect storm’ of rising childcare costs and thousands of providers at risk of closure will make it impossible for many parents to return to work.

Free school meals should be extended, says review

A healthy eating review says that free school meals should be extended to a further 1.5 million children in England.

Public play warning falling on deaf ears

The Association of Play Industries has expressed repeated concern about the ongoing decline in public play provision.

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