22 new free schools to open in underperforming areas

Damian Hinds has said that 22 new free schools have been approved to open, aiming to help raise standards and give parents more choice.

PE lessons in Wales under threat

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has raised the alarm over Welsh PE provision after the draft curriculum excluded setting aside specific time for it.

Spending on speech therapy a 'postcode lottery'

Too many vulnerable young children are missing out on the vital speech and language help they need to get ready for school.

Nurseries in poorest areas facing closure

17 per cent of childcare providers in the most deprived areas of the country ‘anticipate closure in the next twelve months’.

£20m for London’s community projects

London’s town centres, high streets and local regeneration projects will benefit from £20 million in funding made available by the Mayor of London.

Funding needed to tackle ‘national SEN emergency’

More than 130 extra children and young people with special needs are being supported by councils every day.

Easy steps could lift more than 700,000 children out of poverty

The Child Poverty Action Group is calling for re-investment in social security support for the UK’s children.

The health effects of Sure Start recognised

New IFS research has found that Sure Start centres have has largely positive impacts and brought big benefits for children’s health.

Petition demands end to national SEN crisis

Campaigners are to deliver a 13,000-signature petition to Downing Street, arguing that special needs funding is failing to keep pace with demand.

Pollution-choked cities tempting parents to move

Recent research has revealed that 59 per cent of parents would move house to escape air pollution if they could afford it.

£15 million to help keep families safely together

Up to 40 new areas will benefit from £15 million to expand promising innovative approaches to keeping families safely together.

Too many children in mental health hospitals

Too many children in England are being are 'unnecessarily' being admitted to mental health hospitals.

1,500 children in England are locked up by the state

The Children’s Commissioner for England has highlighted the hundreds of children who are locked up in institutions across the country.

Specialist support for children at risk of exploitation

A new programme to provide better support for children most at risk of being targeted by gangs or violent crime has been launched.

Training key to raising quality of nursery provision

Ensuring adults working in early-years settings have good qualifications and ongoing training is key to raising the quality of provision.

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