Demand for free school meals experiences sharp rise

There has been extremely high demand for Free School Meals this Autumn, highlighting the hard-hitting socio-economic consequences of coronavirus.

£257 million to better support cultural organisations

More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are expected to benefit from a share of £257 million from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Half of schools cannot offer on-site mental-health counselling

Only half of teachers say their school can offer pupils on-site mental health counselling in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

COBRA-style action needed to save young people

Young people face becoming a ‘lost generation’ unless the government develops a COBRA-style response to boost job opportunities.

Free digital skills training for Liverpool residents

Hundreds of Liverpool City Region residents are set to benefit from free training in the digital skills needed by local employers.

Government to offer further education courses

Adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be offered a fully funded college course.

Comprehensive childhood recovery package needed

A comprehensive recovery package is needed to tackle rising tide of childhood vulnerability caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Poor childcare support highlights ‘serial incompetence’

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq has accused the government of serial incompetence in delivering childcare support to working families.

Funding to get more children cycling and walking to school

The government has announced a new million-pound programme to get more students physically active in time for Bike to School Week.

Childcare closures likely to hit rural areas worst

Councils are warning that remoter rural areas could be impacted the most by childcare closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Major challenges ahead for schools in poorer areas

The IFS is warning that schools serving more deprived pupils face major challenges over the next few years.

Programme launched to increase talent pool for DCS roles

A programme aimed at increasing the pool of future Directors of Children’s Services has been launched, supported by the Department for Education.

Government must support public services, say unions

A new campaign has been launched highlighting how public services cannot continue with the underfunding of the past decade.

Fill public service vacancies to cut unemployment rate

A new report has outlined proposals for a public sector jobs drive to stave off mass unemployment and help the coronavirus recovery.

Law change needed for children in unregulated accommodation

Anne Longfield is calling for the government to change the law to stop councils placing under 18s in care in unregulated accommodation.