Home education often chosen as a last resort

Parents often chose to take their children out of secondary school to be home-educated because of complex needs rather than preferred choice.

Councils cut school uniform grant by 70 per cent

Financial aid for uniforms has fallen by more than 70 per cent since 2010, with 80 per cent of local councils now offering no assistance.

£250 million Culture Investment Fund launched

Nicky Morgan has announced that innovative cultural projects, libraries, museums and creative industries will benefit from £250 million of new funding.

Government funding boost for children’s cycle training

More school children across England will now learn essential cycling skills thanks to a £13 million government investment in Bikeability.

Severe obesity among children at record high

Official figures indicate that levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high.

Majority of unexplained school exits affect vulnerable

A significant proportion of all pupils experiencing an unexplained exit fail to return to the school system ever again.

Loans offered to build new schools alongside new homes

The Department for Education is offering loans to housing developers to boost new house and school building momentum.

Doctor recommends banning snacking on public transport

Dame Sally Davies has said that snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity.

Fine-free libraries to begin in Leeds

As part of National Libraries Week, Leeds City Council has announced that it is abolishing all fines and ID requirements at its libraries.

Cambridge cuts carbon emission by quarter since 2015

Carbon emissions from the Cambridge City Council’s buildings, vehicles and services have fallen by just over 25 per cent since 2014-15.

Labour plans universal youth service

The Labour Party is announcing a bold vision for rebuilding youth services across the whole country.

New research into adolescent mental health

A £35 million government-backed research programme has been launched to give more support to teenagers battling with mental health issues.

Complaints about SEN at alarming level

Children with special educational needs and disabilities are increasingly being failed by the system designed to support them.

New support for foster families facing trauma

Gavin Williamson has launched fostering projects in 10 new locations to help boost their resilience and provide practical and emotional support.

More than 1,000 'outstanding' schools not inspected for decade

The BBC has reported that 1,010 'outstanding' schools in England have not been inspected for more than 10 years.

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