Sports bodies must help children play more sport

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has called on leading sporting bodies to work with schools and help more children play competitive sport.

Early learning gap for those in poverty widening

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in 76 out of 152 local authorities.

Lack of lollipop men and women a safety risk

The number of lollipop men and women funded by councils in Great Britain has fallen by 1,500 in the last five years.

£1.6 billion funding gap for SEND by 2020

The current SEND funding deficit could double to an estimated £806 million next year, possibly rising to £1.6 billion in 2020.

New support for children with special educational needs

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that councils will receive £250 million to provide much needed SEND support.

New bus in bath for reliable mobile library service

Bath & North East Somerset Council will take delivery of a brand new mobile library bus next year to improve its community library services.

£2 million for play opportunities in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £2 million available to help local authorities deliver play opportunities for children in their areas.

Panel to raise outcomes in North East of England

An expert group has been recruited to raise aspirations and create more opportunities for young people in the North East of England.

Children’s social care budget to increase in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is pledging further investment in support of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable children in its budget proposals.

Nearly 130 public libraries have closed in the last year

An annual survey of British libraries has revealed that almost 130 public libraries have closed in the last year in Britain.

One in three children need to be more active

One in three children currently complete less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which is half the government recommended time.

Review announced to improve the lives of autistic children

A new government review into services and support for autistic people will inform the new Joint Adults and Children Autism Strategy.

Looked after children to benefit from new mentoring schemes

The government has launched a national scheme between independent schools and councils to improve the offer they make to young people growing up in care.

MPs say more evidence needed for energy drink ban

MPs have claimed that quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban on energy drinks sales to children.

Government takes over children's services in Northampton

The government has taken over Northamptonshire County Council’s children's services department.

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