Education

Local college and The Open University to work together in £10m skills scheme

25/05/2022

The Open University is partnering with local further education providers as part of the effort to boost skills and job prospects across the country.

Queen's Speech: New measures to raise education standards

10/05/2022

Local authorities will have a new duty to provide support to home-schooling families under new measures to reform education.

Council-maintained schools perform better than academies, report finds

10/05/2022

Schools that stay with their council are more likely to perform better than those that convert to an academy, a new report has found.

Councils and schools urged to help Ukrainian refugees integrate

05/05/2022

Local authorities and schools have been urged to help Ukrainian children arriving in the UK as refugees to integrate into their adopted communities.

Commission calls for end to school ‘exclusions culture’

29/04/2022

The rise in the number of exclusions from schools leads to teenagers being put at risk of exploitation and serious violence, new report warns.

Council apologises after vulnerable boy goes 14 months without education

28/04/2022

Cambridgeshire County Council has apologised after a vulnerable boy was left without education for over a year.

Ofsted to increase focus on early years education

26/04/2022

The schools watchdog will increase its focus on early years education over the next five years as part of the effort to help children impacted by the pandemic.

Councils must find school places for Ukrainian children, Zahawi says

04/04/2022

The education secretary has urged council leaders to work with families arriving from Ukraine to enable the children to attend school as soon as possible.

Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND

29/03/2022

Schools, councils and health providers will need to work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with more targeted funding, a Government green paper said today.

Councils to be allowed to set up multi-academy trusts

28/03/2022

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s plan to allow councils to set up and run their own multi-academy trusts.

All schools in England to have high speed internet by 2025

24/03/2022

Every school in England will have access to high speed internet by 2025, the education secretary has announced.

Tech giant Apple awards council for digital skills work

17/03/2022

Scottish Borders Council has been awarded Apple Professional Learning Provider (APLP) status as a result of the technology and professional development the council offers to staff and young people.

Astronaut Tim Peake launches £100m space research hub

15/03/2022

British astronaut Tim Peake has officially opened a new £100m space research hub in Leicester.

Report shows 'patchy' provision in careers education

10/03/2022

One in three secondary school pupils do not feel confident about their next steps in education and training, according to new research.

Around 50% of children not ready to start school

10/03/2022

Almost half of all children are not ready to start school, a national survey has revealed.

Councils do not know how many children there are in England, survey reveals

09/03/2022

Councils do not know how many children there are in England nor of how many children are not receiving education, says Children’s Commissioner.

Extra £4.7bn for schools unlikely to cover cost pressures

04/03/2022

Government ‘has little assurance’ the £4.7bn committed to schools in the 2021 spending review will cover the cost pressures that schools are facing, PAC warns.

Charity warns of lack of accountability in adoption funding

03/03/2022

A charity has urged the Government to improve the use of funds allocated to support adopted children in England’s schools.

Council criticised after vulnerable teen misses year of education

03/03/2022

A teenager with special educational needs has missed out on a year’s education because the county council did not plan for her to move schools after Year 11.

Record number of disadvantaged students apply for college or university

17/02/2022

More than a quarter of young people from the most disadvantaged areas have applied to start university or college this autumn, new figures have shown.

Council to bring some services back in-house

17/02/2022

Staffordshire County Council will bring a small number of services back in-house following a review of its 10-year joint venture with Capita.

Launch of new register for children not in school

03/02/2022

Council leaders have welcomed plans to create a national register of children not in school.

Devolution for all: Gove unveils long-awaited White Paper

02/02/2022

By 2030, every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal, the Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper has revealed.

Move to improve outcomes in 55 education investment areas

01/02/2022

Education investment areas will be set in areas of the country where school outcomes are the weakest as part of the Government's levelling up agenda.

Severe school absence 'spreading like wildfire' report warns

31/01/2022

Thousands more children have become severely absent from school since the pandemic, with nearly 800 schools missing entire classes of children a think tank has warned.

Former teachers urged to return to ‘protect face-to-face’ education

20/12/2021

The Government is asking former teachers to return to the classroom to sign up from today in anticipation of staff shortages due to Omicron.

Schools show improvement despite pandemic, Ofsted finds

13/12/2021

Schools across the UK have shown signs of improvement despite the impact of the pandemic, school inspectors say.

Spielman: No silver bullet for children's social care

07/12/2021

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has warned there is no ‘silver bullet’ to the long-term problems in the children’s social care sector.

Taskforces to support young people in serious violence 'hotspots'

03/12/2021

The Government is deploying 10 special taskforces to help stop vulnerable young people becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills powers

30/11/2021

Local authority leaders are urging MPs to support measures that would see councils have more say in the delivery of skills development at the local level.

Experts to help local authorities to reduce pupil absence

26/11/2021

New attendance advisors are set to work with local authorities and multi-academy trusts to reduce pupil absence.

Directors report rise in the number of children receiving home education

24/11/2021

The number of children being home schooled has increased by 7% in the past year, according to new research.

Extending school day is not the 'silver bullet' for education catch up

03/11/2021

Lengthening the school day by 30 minutes would cost £2.7bn a year and there is 'insufficient evidence' it would improve results, a report has said today.

What does local government hope to get from the Spending Review?

25/10/2021

From a a multi-year funding settlement to fixing the social care crisis, William Eichler explores what local government is hoping to hear on Wednesday.

Half a million more disadvantaged children to receive new laptops and tablets

22/10/2021

Up to half a million more disadvantaged children and young people in England will receive new laptops and tablets to provide access education and support.

More than £13bn needed to make up for lost learning, latest figures show

21/10/2021

A £13.5bn cash injection is needed over the next three years to help pupils recover from lost learning, new analysis has revealed.

Report hits out at 'dysfunctional' early childhood care system

20/10/2021

Early education and childcare is a 'dysfunctional system' that needs a radical re-think, a report has concluded today.

Unions call for stronger COVID safety measures in schools

11/10/2021

Five education unions are urging local authorities to consider reintroducing safety measures to tackle rising COVID-19 cases in schools.

Scottish teachers declare formal dispute over ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer

01/10/2021

Teachers in Scotland have declared a formal dispute over what they describe as a ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer.

Council apologises for SEND failures

21/09/2021

Suffolk CC has apologized to families who rely on special educational needs (SEND) provision after a report found the council was 'not performing well.’

Schools forced to make cuts due to Government’s ‘failure to invest’

08/09/2021

School leaders have warned that school children are suffering from chronic underfunding by the Government.

Catch-up policies must target poorer pupils, say researchers

07/09/2021

Four in ten children did not meet the minimum guidelines for learning time during the pandemic despite improvements in home learning, a report has found.

Funding boost to train staff on early language and numeracy skills

06/09/2021

A £10m funding boost to improve early language and numeracy skills will be awarded to an additional 50 local authorities, the Government has confirmed.

Council to review alternative education policy after investigation

20/08/2021

Manchester children who were out of education before the first national lockdown are to have their cases reviewed following an investigation of the council.

Colleges need extra £570m to deal with ‘immense resource challenges’

18/08/2021

The rising student numbers in colleges mean that an extra £570m will be required in 2022 to prevent a further fall in spending per student, think tank warns.

Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans

29/07/2021

Leo Jones lays out the deeper challenges that need to be recognised and addressed if the SEND review is going to tackle the complex problems behind rising numbers of education, health and care plans.

Five areas to pilot ways to improve access to education for Traveller pupils

23/07/2021

Five areas have been chosen to pilot education programmes to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

Javid launches £75m autism strategy

21/07/2021

The Government today launched a new multi-million pound strategy to help improve the lives of people with autism.

Council leader warns self-isolating pupils risk being ‘left behind’

05/07/2021

The leader of Oldham Council has called on the Government to urgently review the approach to self-isolation to address the increasing number of children missing vital time in school.

Nearly 100,000 pupils 'severely absent' from school

28/06/2021

Nearly 100,000 pupils did not return to school full-time when they opened after the first wave of restrictions, a new report has revealed.

Scottish council told to improve housing and education services

24/06/2021

Aberdeen City Council has been warned to improve its housing and education services by the public spending watchdog.

White working-class pupils have been 'neglected' for decades, say MPs

22/06/2021

White working-class pupils have been 'let down and neglected' by the education system for decades, MPs have warned today.

Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19

21/06/2021

Councils are warning investment in libraries is crucial to help children catch up on lost learning and support local communities post-pandemic.

Ministers 'knew early years was underfunded' argues charity

15/06/2021

The Government has been accused of knowingly under-funding local authorities on 'free childcare' places by the Early Years Alliance.

Pandemic hits disadvantaged pupils hardest, study reveals

07/06/2021

Disadvantaged pupils have experienced ‘greater learning losses’ than their more affluent peers, new research has found.

Education recovery tsar resigns over lack of funding

03/06/2021

Sir Kevan Collins has resigned as the Government’s education recovery commissioner after warning the support announced ‘falls far short of what is needed’.

Government publishes next phase of school catch-up plan

02/06/2021

The Government has pledged to provide up to 100 million hours of free tuition for children and young people across England.

Pandemic has increased attendance inequalities in schools, study finds

25/05/2021

Disadvantaged pupils are the least likely to return to school after lockdown, a new study has revealed.

Schools to lose £118m for poorer pupils, council chiefs warn

21/05/2021

Funding changes this year could see schools in England lose £118m for disadvantaged pupils, council leaders have warned today.

County to review its SEN services following ombudsman investigation

20/05/2021

Hampshire County Council has agreed to reviews its SEN services following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

A further 57 high streets chosen for £830m funding boost

19/05/2021

The Prime Minister has announced 57 high streets in England will share over £830m to help them reopen and recover from the pandemic.

Innovating for a fairer start

17/05/2021

Nesta’s Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.

Council chiefs call for review of SEND system to be completed ‘urgently’

14/05/2021

Council leaders have called on Government to ‘urgently complete’ its review of the SEND system and to ensure councils have funding to support SEND children.

One in three head teachers warn funding for poorer pupils is plugging budget gaps

29/04/2021

A third of head teachers are using funding meant to support disadvantaged pupils to plug general budget gaps, a new survey has revealed.

Summer schools programme opens for bids

27/04/2021

Schools are being encouraged to bid for a share of £200m to offer summer schools to help children recover lost learning.

Summer school guidance published

31/03/2021

New guidance for secondary schools to help progress plans for summer schools once they return from the Easter break has been published.

Councils call for long-term plan to tackle education inequalities

25/03/2021

Education inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic are unlikely to be solved by a quick “catch-up” initiative, council leaders have warned today.

Seven million children return to school

17/03/2021

Over seven million children were back in schools and colleges last week as part of the first step in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Why economic growth models must underpin effective HE collaboration

09/03/2021

Jonathan Guest explores how economic development professionals can work effectively with Higher Education Institutions to drive growth.

Multi-million funding boost to increase mental health support in schools

05/03/2021

Nearly three million children in England will have access to mental health teams in their schools, following the allocation of £79m funding.

Johnson announces £700m education recovery funding

24/02/2021

A £700m education recovery package to help students catch up on missed learning has been announced by the Prime Minister.

Councils call for ‘further clarity’ on easing lockdown

23/02/2021

Councils ‘will do all they can’ to support the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of the national lockdown, but the Government must provide more funding and clarity, local government leaders say.

Catch-up support funding for pupils is 'insufficient'

18/02/2021

The catch-up plans for pupils across the UK are 'insufficient' and unlikely to address the scale of learning loss following the pandemic, a report has warned today.

Cornwall to improve oversight of outsourced alternative education provision

18/02/2021

Cornwall Council will conduct an audit of all children unable to attend school to ensure they are receiving suitable education following an investigation by the ombudsman.

Extended funding for projects for children with SEND

12/02/2021

The Government has extended funding for projects to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Framing our approach to children with challenging behaviour

09/02/2021

Professor Sandy Toogood explains how an approach called Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) can help children who present with challenging behaviour or behaviour of concern.

Cheshire leaders put concerns to Government on jabs, lockdown and schools

13/01/2021

Council leaders in Cheshire and their partners have written to the Government laying out their concerns about the vaccination rollout, the current lockdown arrangements and schools.

County may be forced to limit school places during lockdown

07/01/2021

Norfolk County Council has warned it may be forced to prioritise who is given a school place during the new lockdown because of high demand.

Union calls for nurseries to be closed during lockdown

06/01/2021

Pre-schools including nurseries must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, union says.

Councils resist pressure to reopen schools

04/01/2021

Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

Two-thirds of COVID-19 school costs not met by Government

22/12/2020

Council chiefs have called on the Government to ensure schools are able to pay the costs of the pandemic as report says current funding levels fall short.

SEND education requires ‘radical shake-up’, council chiefs say

03/12/2020

The high needs system for further education is ‘not working and requires a radical shake-up’, council and college leaders say.

Home education increases by nearly 40% due to pandemic

24/11/2020

This year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children being electively home educated (EHE) due to the impact of COVID-19.

Councils warn a million young people could be missing full-time education

17/11/2020

’Significant gaps’ in legislation means more than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, council leaders have warned.

Sheffield Council to compensate family after 'catalogue of errors' in education provision

05/11/2020

Sheffield Council has been asked to pay £20,000 in compensation after it failed to provide a suitable education for a boy with special educational needs.

Supporting our young people in the path to economic recovery

03/11/2020

Clare Hatton explains how the West Midlands Combined Authority has made it a priority to support all young people, but especially those not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Khan calls for further devolution of adult education funding

28/10/2020

The mayor of London has urged the Government to devolve adult education funding to the capital or risk undermining its long-term recovery from the pandemic.

Black working-class pupils criminalised by ‘two-tier education system’

29/09/2020

Black working-class young people in England are being unfairly excluded and criminalised by a ‘two-tier education system’, a new report says.

PM pledges to transform skills and training system

29/09/2020

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Starmer vows to tackle the 'decade of drift' on sorting social care

22/09/2020

Government failure to protect care homes during the pandemic is a ‘national scandal’, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told his party’s virtual conference today.

A personalised approach holds the key to unlocking our SEND challenge

28/08/2020

Prof. Sandy Toogood argues there is huge opportunity to reframe SEND provision and focus on the importance of a personalised approach.

Progress on closing the learning gap has stalled, report warns

26/08/2020

The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in primary schools has increased for the first time since 2017, new figures have shown.

Government announces £9m ‘catch up’ funding for early years pupils

24/08/2020

Schools urged to sign up to ‘catch up’ programme aimed at raising speaking and language outcomes among pupils whose education has been disrupted by Covid-19.

‘Levelling up’ school funding benefits wealthier student

07/08/2020

The government’s policy of ‘levelling’ up school funding will benefit wealthier pupils the most, according to the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

Early years’ workers ‘overworked and undervalued’, study reveals

05/08/2020

Low pay, a high workload and a lack of career development for early years’ workers risk impacting on the provision of care and education services for the under-fives, report says.

Thousands of new school spaces for SEND children

20/07/2020

New special free schools will provide over 3,000 extra places for pupils with the most complex needs.

Local areas to get extra support to strengthen SEND services

10/07/2020

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) will visit local areas to help them improve their SEND services following the disruption caused by COVID-19.

County increases scrutiny of its special educational needs services

02/07/2020

Norfolk County Council has agreed to regular scrutiny of its services for children with special educational needs after the ombudsman found it 'failed' the same boy twice.

Nurseries in most deprived areas most risk from closure, report reveals

02/07/2020

A third of nurseries in the most disadvantaged areas may be forced to close down permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has warned.

Teachers call for summer holiday offer to support children

19/06/2020

Teachers have urged the Government to fund councils to help them provide summer activities for children in preparation for a return to school in September.

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