Devastating impact of coronavirus on children’s services

Local authority children’s services have been reduced to crisis-driven firefighting as a result of years of under investment.

Experts call for £1 billion Youth Guarantee

The government must act immediately to tackle the fastest spike in unemployment on record or risk permanent damage to our economy.

£37m to support children with complex needs

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21.

Educational gaps are growing during lockdown

Children from better-off households are spending more time on educational activities than children from the poorest fifth of households.

Wales pledges £5m for mental health in schools

Kirsty Williams has announced £3.75 million of funding for mental health in schools that will include new support for children under the age of 11.

Young people need more support during lockdown

New research has revealed that many indicators of poor mental health and well-being are amplified in young people during lockdown.

Councillors call for free school meals during holidays

Councillors across England have written to the government calling for free school meals to be provided over the half-term and summer breaks.

Pressure growing for clarification for when playgrounds can re-open

The government should set out the phase in which a return to children’s outdoor play in playgrounds will be considered.

Councils need powers to close schools amid clusters

Councils will need the power to close schools or nurseries if testing indicates clusters of new coronavirus cases.

Re-opening schools guidance lacks detail, says union

A Teachers’ Union has reviewed the guidance issued by the government and is highlighting serious and fundamental concerns with it.

Scramble for ‘golden ticket’ for children with SEND

The Public Accounts Committee has claimed that many children with SEND are seeing their education damaged by failings in provision.

Government childcare eligibility offers protected

Parents who are normally eligible for the government’s childcare offers will continue receiving the entitlements during the summer term.

Child abuse calls to NSPCC up by a fifth

Since the start of the coronavirus lockdown there has been an almost 20 per cent increase in calls to the NSPCC about child abuse.

£700 catch-up premium for poorer pupils

A catch-up premium of £700 for every pupil on free school meals should be given to secondary schools when they reopen.

Clarity sought on relaxation of special needs duties

Councils and their partners need greater flexibility to meet the needs of children with special educational needs.