Academy failures on funds damaging education

MPs have warned over a succession of high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.

Local authorities trailing universities in cloud adoption

New analysis of cloud adoption across councils, public bodies, universities and emergency services reveals slow progress and hurdles to climb.

£7.7 million to be invested in Liverpool’s children’s care

An additional 160 staff are to be recruited by Liverpool City Council to cut the caseload of children’s social workers by up to half.

Screen time encouraging children’s inactivity

A new report has highlighted how children are increasingly choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside.

Sustained improvement for Birmingham’s children’s services

An Ofsted inspection has judged children’s social care services in Birmingham as ‘requires improvement to be good’.

Norfolk County Council’s SEN provision criticised

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council’s provision for children with SEN following two investigations.

‘Rebalanced' deal pledged for schools in tough areas

A proposed new inspection framework is seeking to rebalance the process to make sure that young people receive the best teaching possible.

Third of schools unable to cover their costs

Nearly a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, finds new research.

No London school to be exposed to pollution by 2025

A new report commissioned by City Hall predicts that as no schools in the capital will be exposed to illegally high levels of air pollution by 2025.

Children’s social care rated Outstanding in Essex

Ofsted inspectors have judged Essex County Council’s children's social care services to be of the highest quality.

SEN children waiting too long for EHC plan

Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan.

88 per cent of councils overspend on children’s services

133 out of 152 councils responsible for children’s services overspent in 2017-18, collectively overspending by an estimated £807 million.

Funding for 900 new children’s social workers

The government has revealed plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

CPR could become compulsory in all schools

Damian Hinds has outlined plans for life-saving skills such as CPR and how to get help in a medical emergency to be taught in every school from 2020.

Academies performing below average for disadvantaged

New analysis has revealed that two-thirds of academy chains across England are performing below average for disadvantaged pupils.

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