Education

Whitehall approves 22 new free schools

14/06/2019

Bids to create 22 new free schools have been approved, education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

Birmingham LGBT dispute: A challenge for policymakers

13/06/2019

Mark Whitehead examines the role of Birmingham City Council in helping to resolve the LGBT school row.

Poorest children most affected by early years funding crisis, research finds

12/06/2019

The poorest children are bearing the brunt of cuts in funding for early years education, according to campaigners.

Some schools 'discouraging' admission of special needs children

11/06/2019

Children with special needs are being discouraged from attending some primary schools, education experts have warned.

Councils warn of national 'special needs emergency'

06/06/2019

Councils are supporting more than 130 extra children and young people with special education needs every day, new figures have revealed.

Campaigners deliver petition to tackle crisis in special needs education

31/05/2019

Teachers and campaigners have launched a call for more funds to pay for special needs education.

Apprenticeship system ‘failing’ to make progress, MPs warn

22/05/2019

Local government leaders have backed sharp criticism by MPs of the current apprenticeship system.

Sixth form funding declines ‘substantially’, think tank warns

13/05/2019

Education funding for 16 to 19 year olds has ‘declined substantially’ over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Schools ‘fear-monger’ to remove pupils, survey finds

10/05/2019

Teachers have told Ofsted that they want to see more support for parents to help them push back against the practice of ‘off-rolling’.

Councils should help pupils at risk of expulsion, report says

07/05/2019

Local authorities should establish forums where schools and other local services could convene to plan support for vulnerable pupils at risk of expulsion, according to a landmark review.

Teachers ‘burnt out’ by assessments, union says

23/04/2019

Teachers and pupils are being ‘burnt out’ by the demands of assessments, the national teachers union warns.

Over 55,000 pupils disappear from school records

18/04/2019

More than 55,000 pupils have left school for unexplained reasons over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Primary schools to be provided with free sanitary products

16/04/2019

Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early next year, the Government has announced.

Special needs provision in schools cut by over £1bn

16/04/2019

Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities have lost out on £1.2bn of Government funding over the last four years.

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ about the effects of poverty

15/04/2019

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ about the effects of poverty and low income on their pupils, a new survey of education professionals has revealed.

Thousands of children being taught in illegal schools

12/04/2019

Up to 6,000 children are being educated in illegal schools across England putting their safety and education at risk, a watchdog has warned.

Funding for SEND education ‘nowhere near enough’, think tank says

04/04/2019

Cuts to local government have resulted in funding for children with special educational needs dropping by 17% per pupil, a new study has revealed.

Whitehall publishes consultation on home school register

02/04/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed proposals from the Government to launch a new register of all children not attending mainstream schools.

School children in referral units doubles within a decade

01/04/2019

The number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units has more than doubled since 2011. according to the Labour Party.

Councils play ‘unique role’ in school place creation, LGA says

29/03/2019

Local authorities should be recognised for their role in creating school places and should be given more powers to continue this task, council chiefs say.

Council consults on £20m school investment

27/03/2019

Wiltshire County Council has launched a consultation on how to invest at least £20m in special school education.

Holyrood publishes guidance to help support young people with additional needs

27/03/2019

Councils in Scotland are being given extra help to improve its 'world-leading' education for young people with additional support needs.

Welsh council to withdraw from school improvement body

22/03/2019

Neath Port Talbot Council has announced that it intends to pull out of the ERW due to ‘major concerns’ over the school body’s governance and financing.

Progress on qualification and skill levels must be made ahead of Brexit

18/03/2019

The Government and employers must do more to increase qualification and skill levels in the British workforce in the face of Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, think tank says.

Poll reveals ‘rising tide’ of pupil poverty

15/03/2019

A shocking new survey of headteachers has revealed that schools have become an ‘unofficial fourth emergency service’ for poor and vulnerable children.

Around 3,500 school places to be created for pupils with complex needs

11/03/2019

Thousands of new school places are being created for children with special needs or those facing additional challenges in mainstream education, Whitehall says

Primary schools to teach about mental wellbeing

26/02/2019

The Department for Education has announced that primary school children are to be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing and how to recognise when classmates may be struggling.

Teaching union rejects pay offer from councils

22/02/2019

The 9% pay increase offered to teachers in Scotland has been rejected by members of trade union EIS.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’

14/02/2019

Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

Whitehall cuts result in ‘lost generation’ of deaf children

13/02/2019

England’s deaf children are falling a whole grade behind their hearing class mates despite deafness not being a learning disability, a charity has warned.

MPs blast Whitehall’s ‘confused’ approach to early years education

07/02/2019

MPs have criticised the Government’s 30 hours childcare commitment arguing that it ‘confused’ and ‘entrenches’ disadvantage.

Commissioner calls for compulsory register of ‘off the grid’ children

04/02/2019

Thousands of children are receiving no school education and are invisible to local authorities, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned.

Schools to try ‘mindfulness’ in new mental health trials

04/02/2019

Hundreds of children and young people are to take part in trials testing a range of ‘innovative techniques’ designed to support good mental health in schools, the education secretary has announced.

Three areas pilot schemes to get care leavers into work or education

29/01/2019

Three areas have been chosen to pilot schemes to help care leavers access education and employment.

Holyrood urged to promote gender equality in education

25/01/2019

The Scottish government is being urged to establish a new commission to promote equality for girls and women in education.

School league tables ‘punish’ the wrong schools

24/01/2019

Secondary school league tables ‘punish and reward the wrong schools’ by failing to take pupil background into account, new research suggests.

MSPs urge councils to provide free music lessons

22/01/2019

Local authorities have been urged not to charge for music tuition in schools, in a new report published by MSPs.

Cash-strapped school launches £20,000 crowdfunding campaign

16/01/2019

A Worcestershire school has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 in order to supplement its ‘squeezed’ budget.

Education watchdog calls time on ‘teaching to the test'

16/01/2019

Ofsted says it is moving away from its focus on performance data as the watchdog launches a consultation on proposals for changes to its inspection framework.

Whitehall opens two free schools for SEND children

11/01/2019

Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced the opening of two new free schools to help pupils with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.

Education union blasts Whitehall for ‘broken’ funding promises

08/01/2019

The UK’s largest education union has criticised the Government for ‘failing to match’ their promises on school funding.

Academy chains perform ‘below average’ for disadvantaged pupils

24/12/2018

Two-thirds of academy chains perform below average for disadvantaged pupils, according to new research.

New mental health teams set to support 500,000 children

20/12/2018

Half a million children and young people are set to benefit from new mental health support teams, secretary of state for health and social care has announced.

Health visitors ‘crucial’ for children’s cognitive development

19/12/2018

Thinking skills should be made a priority to prepare children for school, according to a new report.

Early learning gap widens in 50% of council areas

18/12/2018

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in half of the local authority areas in England, children’s charity reveals.

Teachers warn of ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty

17/12/2018

Teachers have warned they are seeing increasing levels of 'Dickensian' poverty among children in their classrooms.

Council chiefs call for ‘emergency cash’ to support children with special needs

17/12/2018

The Government has announced it will provide £350m to support children with complex needs and disabilities.

Access to secular schools ‘restricted’, report reveals

10/12/2018

Almost a third of families in England live in areas where most or all of the local primary schools are faith-based, new research has revealed.

Children in care to receive scholarships to independent schools

05/12/2018

The Government yesterday launched a new scheme to help children in care receive mentoring and scholarships from independent schools.

Selective schools given approval to expand

04/12/2018

The first grammar schools to benefit from extra cash from the Government's policy of expanding selective education have been named.

Bucking the national trend

26/11/2018

Mark Whitehead finds out how opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Lincolnshire are about to enjoy a huge boost.

Councils spending £75m more on transporting SEND pupils to school

20/11/2018

County councils spent £323.3m on transporting young people to school last year, figures have revealed.

Many home educated children ‘hidden from sight’

16/11/2018

It is likely that many children receiving a home education are at risk because they are ‘hidden from sight’, children’s services directors have warned.

Councils face half a billion funding gap for SEND services

15/11/2018

Councils are facing a £536m funding shortfall to provide support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), new research has found today.

Whitehall announces plans to ‘simplify’ school accountability system

09/11/2018

Floor and coasting standards will no longer be used to trigger an academy conversion but will instead only be used to identify schools that need help.

Government urged to address teacher shortages

31/10/2018

The Government must not lose focus on the need to tackle a national shortage of teachers, experts have warned.

Excluded schoolchildren at risk of violence and criminal exploitation

30/10/2018

Rising numbers of children being excluded from school are at risk of becoming involved in gangs and knife crime, charity leaders and MPs have warned.

Council chiefs warn of ‘threat’ to music lessons

11/10/2018

Local authority leaders have warned that music lessons will be ‘under threat’ unless the Government covers the cost of a pay rise for music teachers.

Workers not prepared for 'rise of the robots'

10/10/2018

People in the North and Midlands are being failed at all levels of education and are ill-prepared for the 'rise of the robots', according to planning experts.

Whitehall announces £24m scheme to ‘boost’ social mobility in North East

08/10/2018

The education secretary will today launch a multi-million pound programme to boost social mobility and raise aspirations for children in the North East.

International education spending: a statistical minefield

05/10/2018

Mark Whitehead investigates the Government's 'seemingly casual' approach to data when it comes to education spending.

Whitehall accused of using ‘distorted information’ on education spending

04/10/2018

Head teachers have attacked the way the Government has used statistics to defend its spending on education as 'shocking and disturbing'.

Schools to suffer ‘real terms cuts’, council chiefs warn

28/09/2018

The latest spending plans show schools will suffer real terms cuts in funding, local government leaders have warned.

Sixth form and further education funding hit hardest by budget cuts

17/09/2018

Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and general further education has been cut much more sharply than for schools and other parts of the education system, according to a new analysis.

Cash-strapped schools relying on donations from affluent parents

13/09/2018

Government budget cuts are forcing many schools to rely more heavily on financial contributions from parents, a charity focusing on social mobility finds.

Birmingham ‘lacks’ leadership on SEND issues

11/09/2018

Birmingham City Council has said it is ‘very disappointed’ by the results of a special educational needs and disabilities inspection and said it would take urgent action to make ‘significant improvements’.

Ofsted ‘fig leaf’ for Whitehall failures on school standards

07/09/2018

Ofsted is not providing the level of independent assurance about the quality of education that schools and parents need, MPs warn.

Headteachers warn of crisis in supporting SEND children

05/09/2018

The majority of schools are not receiving enough funding to meet the needs of their most vulnerable pupils, a new survey has warned.

School support staff warn of 'intolerable workloads'

04/09/2018

Cuts in funding are having a 'devastating effect' on school support staff, according to trade union Unison.

More poorer pupils excluded than achieve 'highly valued' EBacc

22/08/2018

Poorer pupils are more likely to be excluded than to achieve the Government’s gold standard English Baccalaureate, a teaching charity has revealed.

Labour warn of ‘shameful’ inequality in education system

21/08/2018

Students in the poorest areas in England are nine times more likely than those in the wealthiest areas to be in a school rated as inadequate, according to an analysis of Ofsted data.

Government launches scheme to ‘boost’ political participation among pupils

14/08/2018

The Government has launched a programme aimed at teaching young people about politics and promoting participation in the political system.

Scottish education spending cut by £400m since 2010

06/08/2018

Local authority education spending has fallen by more than £400m since 2010, new research has revealed today.

Councils urged to provide free education transport for young people with disabilities

06/08/2018

Councils across England should ensure their education transport policies properly support young adults with disabilities, ombudsman warns.

Excluded pupils ‘abandoned’ by education system, MPs say

25/07/2018

Pupils who have been excluded from school are being ‘failed’ by the education system, MPs warn.

South East councils call for powers to tackle skills shortage

17/07/2018

Councils have called for more powers to help address the skills shortage as report shows nearly all jobs will soon be closed to people without qualifications.

Gap between spending per pupil in England and Wales ‘eliminated’

12/07/2018

School funding in England has fallen faster than in Wales, ‘virtually eliminating’ the gap between the two nations, financial experts reveal.

Whitehall ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures, MPs say

11/07/2018

The Government is ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures which have been damaging to the education of the children involved, MPs say.

Primary school standards ‘continue to rise’

11/07/2018

This year has seen an increase in the number of children who have reached the expected standard in Key Stage 2.

Meeting the challenge of 21st century schools

27/06/2018

Austerity budgets and rising demand for places has long made building for schools a challenging subject for local authorities. One programme in Wales is showing what can be achieved, as highlighted by Morgan Sindall in this sponsored article.

Academies no better than council schools, think tank finds

19/06/2018

There is ‘little difference’ between academies and local authority schools when it comes to performance, according to an education think tank.

Councils warn about ‘dangerously’ inadequate funding for SEND education

19/06/2018

The School Cuts Coalition and 39 local authorities have written to the Government to warn they do not have enough funding to meet their statutory obligations for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Councils to share £19m to boost integration

11/06/2018

Councils in England will receive £19m to help ease pressures on housing, education and health services due to recent migration.

Free schools ‘failing’ to offer innovative approaches to education, study reveals

31/05/2018

Free schools are failing to offer new approaches to education and are not educating enough disadvantaged children, according to researchers.

‘Cash injection’ not enough for special needs education, warn council chiefs

29/05/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the announcement of extra money for special needs education — but warn that a 'one-off cash injection' is not enough.

Counties call for urgent action to tackle overspends on special education

14/05/2018

County councils have warned they are in the ‘unsustainable’ position of having to shift schools money towards supporting children with special educational needs to meet statutory duties.

Support for deaf children at ‘breaking point’ due to council cuts, charity warns

14/05/2018

More than a third of English councils are planning to cut the education support they give to deaf children this year, new research has revealed today.

MP calls on Whitehall to tackle North-South education divide

09/05/2018

The chair of the education committee has called on the Government to do more to improve education standards in the north of England.

Government pledges £28m to help disadvantaged children

08/05/2018

The Government has pledged £28m to provide disadvantaged children and young people with education and training.

Cuts to education funding driving crisis in high needs funding

04/05/2018

The £600m Whitehall cut to education funding has undermined the ability of local authorities to look after children with ‘high needs.’

Whitehall announces decision to ‘simplify’ school assessment system

04/05/2018

Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.

Councils urged to produce EHC plans in a 'timely manner'

02/05/2018

Councils have been reminded to stick to strict timetables when creating special educational needs support plans for children by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Academy teachers ‘sceptical’ about effectiveness of academisation, poll reveals

20/04/2018

The majority of academy teachers and leaders are sceptical about the effectiveness of academy status, survey reveals.

Whitehall to ‘strengthen guidance’ on home education

11/04/2018

The Government has announced it is planning to ‘strengthen guidance’ on home education so that parents and local authorities understand their rights and responsibilities.

East Renfrewshire first council to give every school virtual reality headsets

19/03/2018

East Renfrewshire Council has become the first local authority in the UK to invest in a set of virtual reality headsets for every school in the area.

Education minister announces review of exclusions in schools

16/03/2018

The Government has announced an externally led review of school exclusions to assess why some children are more likely to be excluded than others.

‘Deep cuts’ lead to two thirds increase in class sizes

08/03/2018

Nearly two thirds of the secondary schools in England have had to increase their class sizes because of a lack of funding, research reveals.

Ombudsman upholds 80% of complaints about special educational needs support

07/03/2018

The Ombudsman responsible for investigating concerns over local government services has revealed his office has upheld eight out of 10 complaints about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs).

Councils struggle to offer ‘integrated’ education due to academies

22/02/2018

Councils are struggling to take an ‘integrated, whole-system’ approach to education because of uneven mix of academies and maintained schools in many areas.

Financial pressures force Northumberland CC to close schools

20/02/2018

Schools in Northumberland could be forced to close or merge under new budget proposals, council warns.

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