All schools should join strong multi-academy trusts

The Education Secretary has stated his ambition to bring schools with a history of long-term underperformance into multi-academy trusts.

New law to make school uniform costs more affordable

A new law has been passed which will require schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, instructing them to keep prices down.

‘Catch-up’ breakfast clubs could give post-pandemic boost

Labour has said that its plan for universal ‘catch-up’ breakfast clubs could provide a post-pandemic boost to millions of school children.

£1.8 billion to keep schools in top condition

Every school in England will be able to access a share of almost £1.8 billion this year to help keep their buildings in the best possible condition.

Councils to take advantage of  free teacher recruitment service

Local authorities are being encouraged to sign up to the DfE’s free Teaching Vacancies service ahead of teacher resignation deadline.

Labour urges for ‘big conversation’ on early years

Labour is launching a programme of engagement events to talk to families about the importance of early education and childcare services.

Playgrounds most popular spaces for outdoor play

A new national survey has found that free-to-access, public playgrounds are the most common places for children to play.

Children increasingly concerned over air pollution

Half of pupils are worried about air pollution near their school, while more than three fifths don’t think adults are doing enough to tackle climate change.

Reverse the alarming decline of playgrounds, says report

A report has called for investment in playgrounds to halt and reverse the alarming decline in their numbers and safeguard children’s mental health.

£100m needed to revitalising ‘deteriorating’ school libraries

The government has been urged to dedicate £100 million a year to revitalise 'deteriorating' primary school libraries across the country.

£280m capital funding boost for children with SEND

The government has announced that children with special educational needs and disabilities will benefit from a £280 million investment.

£18 million announced for Bikeability cycle training

£18 million has been set aside for cycle training across the country to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel.

‘Catch-up’ education programme needs rethink, says LGA

Existing learning gaps have been exacerbated by the pandemic to such an extent that they are unlikely to be solved by a quick ‘catch-up’ initiative.

Coventry to become UK’s first All Electric Bus City

Plans for Coventry to become the UK’s first All Electric Bus City have been backed by the West Midlands Combined Authority leaders.

School Streets improve air quality, studies show

Closing the roads around schools to traffic at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced polluting nitrogen dioxide levels by up to 23 per cent.


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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.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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