Abuse of children based on faith or belief rises by a third

Children identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with faith have risen by a third in the past three years.

Children become less active each year of primary school

A new study has revealed a dramatic drop in children’s physical activity levels by the time they finish primary school.

New wave of junk food set to hit the high street

A new report has stressed that the government must require planning policies to restrict new hot food takeaways near schools.

Extra childcare support pledged by Labour and Lib Dems

Both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have pledged extra money to support the parents of young children.

Nottingham refuses school use for elections

Nottingham City Council has announced that no schools in the city will close to become polling stations at December’s General Election.

Students expected vote tactically over Brexit

The Higher Education Policy Institute has revealed that more than half of students are ready to vote tactically in the General Election.

Rising hardship behind families needing council support

A survey has suggested that a rise in family conflict and hardship is behind the current heightened pressures on child protection services.

£18m extension to Opportunity Area programme

Young people in some of the most disadvantaged parts of England are set to benefit from an extra £18 million investment.

School transport costs to rise to £1.2bn by 2024

Unsustainable costs are set to push councils’ bill for providing free home to school transport to £1.2 billion a year by 2024.

Further funding boost to support childcare

Councils will receive a funding boost to deliver free childcare places, enabling parents to work more flexibly.

Young people 'should have their say' at poll

The Children's Commissioner for Wales has said that young people should have been allowed to have their say in the upcoming General Election.

League tables ‘punish and reward wrong schools’

Secondary school league tables continue to misrepresent the performance of schools by failing to take into account pupil background.

Multi-million investment in school buildings

Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of more than £400 million to improve their school buildings.

Further £12 million boost for youth projects

Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost as part of the government’s commitment to level up opportunities for young people.

Welsh Government should consider doubling FSM threshold

Welsh Assembly Members have said that the earnings threshold for families entitled to free school meals should double in 2020.