£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.

Public health directors urge action on obesity

Eight directors of public health from the north-west of England have written to Boris Johnson calling for any anti-coronavirus obesity plan.

Government announces pay rises for public sector staff

Rishi Sunak will announce that public sector workers will see above inflation pay rises this year.

Minimum per pupil funding rises for 2021, says DfE

The Department for Education has announced per pupil funding increases under the national funding formula from 2021.

Decisive action needed to tackle childhood obesity

In light of new figures, the Labour Party is urging the government to bring forward urgent measures to tackle childhood obesity.

Early years system failing disadvantaged children

Early years services often fail to target those disadvantaged children with development problems who most need early help.

Children ‘left with no voice’ during pandemic

Bruce Adamson has warned that the coronavirus emergency has demonstrated how easily children are left with no voice.

Experiences of children must shape recovery planning

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has published a new paper on the impacts of coronavirus on children and their families.