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Government announces £16m for virtual school heads programme

17/06/2021

The Government today announced that more than £16m is now available to councils to ensure there is a local champion for children with a social worker in every local authority in England.

Millions of children attend schools with toxic air, campaigners warn

17/06/2021

Millions of children go to schools where air pollution is above World Health Organization (WHO) limits, new data reveals.

Government announces £220m fund to support children in school holidays

16/06/2021

Parents are being urged to sign up to a Government programme which aims to ensure children have access to healthy food and activities during the school holidays.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gets £3.4m boost

14/06/2021

The Department for Education has announced a £3.4m funding boost for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in order to help more young people access volunteering and extra-curricular learning.

Sexual harassment ‘normalised’ for children, Ofsted warns

10/06/2021

Sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people, Ofsted 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.

Making marginal gains

25/05/2021

Ian Nicol explains how making a small change can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

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.

Construction of £23m council-funded school for SEND students complete

17/05/2021

Somerset CC has announced that construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m council-funded school for students with complex needs.

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.

Government told to reconsider plans to stop face mask requirement in school

05/05/2021

Scientists have joined with unions, parents and students to urge Government to reconsider plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings at school.

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.

Schools given 'try before you buy' offer to become academies

28/04/2021

Schools will be given a 'try before you buy' option to encourage them to leave council control and become part of an academy trust, the education secretary announced today.

Labour outlines plans for 'catch-up' breakfast clubs

28/04/2021

Labour has urged the Government to launch universal catch-up breakfast clubs to help children bounce back from the pandemic.

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.

Schools to share £1.8bn for building repairs

27/04/2021

Funding to repair and maintain schools in England has increased by 20% this year to almost £1.8bn.

Study to track long-term impact of COVID-19 on year 11 students

26/04/2021

A new study to track the pandemic’s long-term effects on year 11 students in England - particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds - has been launched.

Charity calls for reform of public sector food sourcing standards

21/04/2021

A charity is calling for a major overhaul of public sector food sourcing standards to protect school children and hospital patients from being served a low welfare menu.

More children worried about pollution near schools

19/04/2021

Nearly half of children in the UK are worried about air pollution near their school - up from 39% in 2018 - a new survey has revealed.

Children's Laureate calls for £100m ring-fenced school library fund

13/04/2021

Waterstones Children's Laureate has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a £100m yearly ring-fenced fund for primary schools libraries.

Ofsted to visit schools facing sexual abuse allegations

08/04/2021

Ofsted has announced it will visit a sample of schools and colleges in England where sexual abuse claims have been made.

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.

Schools and hospitals face 'serious disruptions' as PFI contracts end

19/03/2021

Vital public assets such as roads, schools and hospitals will face 'serious disruption' if Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts expire without a plan in place, MPs 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.

Pupils returning to ‘overcrowded’ classrooms, Labour warn

10/03/2021

The number of pupils in class sizes over 31 has increased substantially over the last five years, new research has revealed.

Schools Streets cutting air pollution, study reveals

09/03/2021

Closing roads around schools at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced air pollution by 23% in London, a new study published by mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed.

Fire chiefs renew calls to make sprinklers mandatory in schools

08/03/2021

Fire chiefs have renewed calls for mandatory sprinklers in schools as research estimates that 390,000 teaching hours could be lost to large fires this year.

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.

Households of school aged children eligible for rapid COVID tests

01/03/2021

All households of school aged children will get two rapid tests per person, per week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

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.

First 50 schools chosen for £1bn rebuilding programme

05/02/2021

The first 50 schools to receive £1bn funding under the Government's School Rebuilding Programme have been announced.

School closures could costs hundreds of billions in lost earnings, study predicts

01/02/2021

The long-run cost of lost schooling could be as much as £350bn, a new study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

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.

How schools can combat waste

22/12/2020

Michael Taylor, general manager at Skip Hire UK, looks at how schools can combat waste.

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.

Every local authority gets school funding boost

18/12/2020

The Government has announced a £2.2bn increase in core funding for schools next year in England.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2020

16/12/2020

Although the dispute over council pay caused the most stir in the local government sector this year, the impact of dealing with the pandemic obviously dominated the headlines as well.

Council chiefs concerned about impact of COVID-19 testing on ‘exhausted’ school staff

16/12/2020

Local authority leaders have raised concerns about the impact of the Government’s plan to roll out coronavirus testing in schools on already overstretched school staff.

London council ordered to keep schools open

15/12/2020

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has agreed to keep schools open after it was threatened by legal action from the Government.

Jenrick outlines fast track planning service for public buildings

04/12/2020

Councils will have a legal duty to make decisions on new schools and hospitals within 10 weeks under reforms to the planning system.

Council criticised after teenager misses start of school

03/12/2020

Surrey County Council has agreed to review its services after a teenager missed the start of the school year because the local authority did not tell his mother she needed to reapply for transport.

Partnership in SEND provision

30/11/2020

Partnerships are one way of nurturing collaboration and developing high-performing systems within a person-centred context, argues Professor Sandy Toogood.

COVID-19 school workforce fund launched

30/11/2020

The Government has announced a short-term COVID-19 workforce fund to help keep schools and colleges open during the pandemic.

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.

What the Dickens is going on with broadband in schools?

24/11/2020

Evan Wienburg warns that too many schools don’t have access to the reliable connectivity and ultrafast broadband speeds.

Head teachers call for funding to support collaboration between schools, academies and councils

18/11/2020

The Government should invest in partnerships between schools, academy trusts and local authorities to drive school improvements in local communities, a new study says.

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals

18/11/2020

More than half of state teachers (56%) have worked with homeless children in the past three years, a new study has revealed.

Waltham Forest Council announces five new School Streets schemes

17/11/2020

Waltham Forest Council is announcing a further five new School Streets following air quality monitoring that suggests the scheme has a ‘significant’ impact on NO2 concentrations.

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.

Derbyshire councils commit to fitting sprinklers in schools

11/11/2020

Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council have both signed a Statement of Intent committing to fit sprinklers and the right fire safety measures in new and refurbished schools.

Two-thirds of school rated ‘poor’ for fire protection measures

05/11/2020

Two-thirds of schools have ‘poor’ fire protection with 40 schools a month hit by fire last year, a new study has revealed.

Three key elements can optimise out-of-area placements for children with SEND

14/10/2020

Professor Sandy Toogood explains what features of provision are required when out-of-area residential school placement is needed for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Air pollution round schools is impacting learning, research finds

08/10/2020

Reducing air pollution levels by 20% could improve a child’s ability to learn within one month, new research has found.

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.

Government announces £2m to encourage children to cycle and walk

28/09/2020

The Government has announced it will be making £2m available to help encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Third of local areas face secondary school shortage within five years

04/09/2020

A third of local areas in England could run out of secondary school places within five years, new analysis has warned today.

Schools at double the risk of fire than other buildings, data shows

04/09/2020

School buildings are twice as likely to be in a blaze compared to other non-residential buildings, new research has found.

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.

Safely into school

27/08/2020

How many plans can be made when it comes to transport to education settings? Liz Davidson reports.

Psychiatrists call for suspension of fines for children who can’t attend school

26/08/2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school due to Covid-related anxiety.

Councils awarded £40m to set up more home-to-school transport

10/08/2020

Local authorities have been given a £40m funding boost to increase home-to-school transport provision from September. 

Closing schools should be the 'last option' says Children's Commissioner

05/08/2020

Schools should be the last place to close and first to re-open in future lockdowns, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned today.

Fast-tracked funding to improve school buildings

05/08/2020

The Government has fast-tracked £580m of funding to improve school buildings across England.

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.

Tackling our SEND challenge

14/07/2020

Peter Whitmore explains why collaboration and knowledge sharing are crucial to tackling the SEND challenge.

Coronavirus could create a ‘lost generation’ of vulnerable teenagers

07/07/2020

Thousands of vulnerable teenagers are at risk of falling through gaps in the school and social care systems, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Johnson launches planning reforms to help 'build, build, build'

30/06/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to bring forward £5bn of investment in hospitals, roads and schools later today.

Leicester locks down after surge in coronavirus

30/06/2020

England’s first local lockdown will begin in Leicester this week in a bid to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Johnson announces £1bn school building programme

29/06/2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson has committed £1bn to build 50 new schools over the next ten years.

Council chiefs welcome £1bn Covid school ‘catch up’ package

19/06/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a £1bn Covid ‘catch up’ package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

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.

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.

Councils urged to create ‘school streets’

29/05/2020

Councils have been urged to close roads to cars during school pick up and drop off times to make journeys safer and manage social distancing at the school gates by ten NGOs.

Social workers to be placed in schools to spot children at risk

22/05/2020

The Government has committed £6.5m to place social workers in schools to help spot the signs of child abuse and neglect.

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.

Councils call for power to close schools at higher risk of Covid-19

15/05/2020

Council leaders have called for the power to close schools or nurseries that have new clusters of Covid-19.

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.

Schools minister outlines funding for school estate

23/04/2020

The Government has confirmed £2.2bn of capital funding will be provided to improve the condition of the school estate and create new school places.

Councils call for suspension of academy conversions during Covid-19 crisis

14/04/2020

Council leaders have warned the time and resources being spent on converting schools into academies is undermining efforts to provide enough school places for children during the Covid-19 crisis.

Study questions impact of closing schools to contain coronavirus

08/04/2020

School closures have not had a ‘significant effect’ on preventing the spread of coronavirus, a new study has revealed.

Report highlights complex nature of safeguarding in residential schools

03/04/2020

New research has revealed the unique challenges staff in residential schools face to protect children from sexual abuse.

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.

Cost of school uniforms pushing some families into debt

13/03/2020

Councils have urged schools to take a 'common-sense' approach to the cost of uniforms, after parents warned this was affecting their choice of school.

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.

Consultation on dedicated school leaders launched

25/02/2020

The Government today launched a consultation on plans to place a dedicated school leader in every school to help vulnerable children achieve more and ensure they attend lessons.

Financial pressures ‘biggest concern’ of school leaders

24/02/2020

A majority of school leaders who responded to Ofsted inspectors have warned that financial pressures are their ‘biggest concern’.

Number of schools commissioning mental health support ‘doubles’

03/02/2020

The number of schools commissioning professional help for children’s mental health issues has almost doubled in the last four years, a survey has revealed.

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.

Councils sent back to drawing board on SEND

28/01/2020

Councils have been sent back to the drawing board after a quango ripped apart their plans to recover massive special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits.

Government announces £2.4m ‘boost’ to improve sports teaching

27/01/2020

Schools are set to receive a £1.6m funding boost that will help them provide more sports activities to pupils after school and during the holidays.

Councils warned to cover foster carers’ school transport costs

17/01/2020

Councils have been reminded by the local government ombudsman that they should be providing financial support to foster parents to pay for school transport.

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.

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