Education

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.

Paediatricians urge PM to make school reopenings ‘a priority’

18/06/2020

Over 1,500 paediatricians have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him to make the reopening of schools a priority.

‘Generation of children’ losing out due to lack of lockdown education

16/06/2020

Children who are locked down at home spend an average of 2.5 hours a day doing school work, a new study has revealed.

Schools using 'professional judgement' on reopening, union finds

04/06/2020

Just over a third of schools (35%) opened on the terms expected by the prime minister on 1 June, a union has found.

More councils join call to delay schools reopening

20/05/2020

The Government is under increasing pressure to rethink its plans to open schools on 1 June after more councils highlighted safety concerns.

Councils decide against re-opening schools

19/05/2020

Hundreds of schools will not re-open next week as councils express concern over the safety of pupils and teachers.

Think tank warns of growing educational gap during lockdown

18/05/2020

Children from better-off families are spending more time on educational activities than those from the poorest households, a think tank has found.

MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

05/05/2020

The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

Councils call for more clarity on special needs duties during pandemic

28/04/2020

Councils have warned they are struggling to deliver statutory support for children with special educational needs and disabilities due to dealing with the demands of coronavirus.

Vulnerable children falling behind at school, report warns

27/04/2020

Children who need a social worker are 'significantly' behind other children at school, new research has revealed.

Councils warn adult education services need grant funding

24/04/2020

Councils have warned that emergency grant funding is needed to protect adult education services.

Laptops to be made available for disadvantaged children

20/04/2020

Disadvantaged children across England are to receive laptops and tablets to ensure they can continue their education from home during lockdown.

Counties warn about service closures during coronavirus

30/03/2020

Councils are being forced to close or reduce more services in order to divert resources to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

Schools shut down to stop spread of Covid-19

19/03/2020

All schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed as of next week as part of the effort to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

Schools exclude pupils to ‘game’ league table, report reveals

16/03/2020

A new study has uncovered an ‘alarming’ trend of schools excluding pupils to boost their league table standings and warned of a flawed system of incentives in the education sector.

Disadvantaged children less likely to benefit from free childcare, auditors warn

13/03/2020

Disadvantaged families are less likely to take up free early education and childcare places, auditors have warned today.

Budget 2020: £1.5bn boost to improve FE college estate

11/03/2020

The chancellor has unveiled plans to invest £1.5bn over five years to improve the condition of the further education college estate.

Councils and teachers call for over £5bn of extra school funding

05/03/2020

Local authorities, parents and teachers have joined forces to call on the Government to increase school funding by £5.5bn.

Care leaders must promote ‘awareness’ of good practice in sexual safety

27/02/2020

Care leaders should promote a culture that keeps people in social care safe from sexual abuse and supports them in expressing their sexuality, regulator says.

Council advises pupils to ‘self-isolate’ following Coronavirus fears

26/02/2020

Cheshire East Council has told pupils who have been to Italy where Coronavirus cases have been identified to ‘self-isolate’ as a precautionary measure.

Funding per pupil to ‘increase’, PM says

30/01/2020

Councils will be required by law to make sure every school receives the full amount of the minimum levels of funding pledged for each pupil, PM announces.

Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

16/01/2020

Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills funding

16/01/2020

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, council chiefs have warned.

Plans for ‘universal’ school inspections launched

10/01/2020

Ofsted will visit all schools judged to be outstanding within the next five academic years, the Government has announced.

‘Stuck’ schools need more tailored support, inspectors say

08/01/2020

Hundreds of schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need more tailored support to improve, a new Ofsted report has found.

New hubs to support struggling schools

07/01/2020

Struggling schools are set to receive extra support from some of the country’s top schools.

Whitehall promises £85m ‘culture boost’ after decade of school cuts

03/01/2020

The Government has committed to investing millions of pounds into film, dance, theatre and design lessons and facilities for secondary school children.

Council invests in 50 robots to aid distance learning

23/12/2019

Children in Somerset who miss school due to illness will soon be able to continue their lessons thanks to the use of robots.

Council leases library to Holocaust education project

23/12/2019

Cumbria County Council has agreed to provide a Holocaust education project with a long lease to a library building in memory of the Windermere Children.

Government announces £14bn funding boost for schools

20/12/2019

The Government has announced that every school is set to receive £5,000 per pupil in funding for secondary schools next year after a decade of austerity.

Nearly one third of maintained schools ‘in the red’

19/12/2019

A think tank has warned that the Government’s plans to ‘level up’ school funding will not close the gap between struggling schools and those in the black.

Providing sanctuary for refugees

10/12/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

Councils welcome education improvements in Wales

04/12/2019

Council leaders in Wales have welcomed improvements to all areas of the country’s education system.

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