64,0000 childcare places lost during winter lockdowns

More than twice as many childcare places have been lost during the winter lockdowns than in the first six months of the pandemic.

Councils call for urgent action on £1.3bn SEN deficit

England’s largest councils have called for urgent action in this year’s Spending Review to address a spiralling deficit in special educational needs services.

Call for evidence launched on behaviour in schools

The government is asking teachers and school leaders for views on managing good behaviour, including on the use of mobile phones in the school day.

Mental health emergency for adopted children

Adoption UK is warning of a mental health emergency amongst some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Online tool to prevent children becoming involved in violence

The Youth Endowment Fund has launched a new Toolkit to help local authorities provide support to children at risk of involvement in violence.

Growing need means 77,000 children will need foster care

The number of children needing foster care in England is set to rise by almost a third by 2030, but councils have inadequate plans in place.

£483 million to boost and improve school buildings

Pupils are set to benefit from improved school facilities, thanks to almost half a billion pounds being invested in school buildings this year.

MPs have claimed that white working-class pupils have been badly let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking.

Government failing on ‘tutoring revolution’ promise

Labour has accused the government of already failing to live-up to their promise of a ‘tutoring revolution’ for UK pupils.

Library investment key to helping children catch up

The LGA has claimed that investing in libraries is key to driving the national recovery from coronavirus and enabling children to catch up on lost learning.

£16 million to support young people with a social worker

Children with a social worker in England will benefit from further dedicated support in school and at college to help level up their outcomes in education.

Over a quarter of schools are above WHO air pollution limits

New research released on Clean Air Day has found that 27 per cent of UK schools are in areas above WHO air pollution limits.

Ministers knew early years was underfunded

The rates paid to local authorities for the ‘free childcare’ offer are just two-thirds of what the government itself estimated would be needed.

£3.4 million to expand The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

New Department for Education investment will support pupils in deprived schools in England to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Extra support to tackle sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Teachers and school leaders will be better supported to recognise sexual harassment and abuse and teach confidently about issues of consent.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

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