Schools

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.

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.

Cash boost for breakfast clubs

06/01/2020

The Government has announced an investment of nearly £12m to deliver free meals and summer holiday activities for children in disadvantaged areas.

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.

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.

Council criticised for ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit'

16/12/2019

Oxfordshire County Council has defended its guidance to schools looking to support young people who feel they are not the gender they were assigned at birth.

Hygiene and cleanliness standards

29/11/2019

Daniel Tannenbaum explains what hygiene standards must be followed for educational washroom facilities.

Council wins battle to ban anti LGBT protests

26/11/2019

Birmingham City Council has won a court battle to permanently ban anti-LGBT protests outside a local primary school.

Children’s personal data ‘secretly’ passed to Home Office

13/11/2019

A data watchdog has criticised the Department for Education (DfE) for secretly passing children’s personal data to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.

Index shows large variation in England's incusive schools

12/11/2019

Schools in London are the most inclusive in England, new analysis has revealed today.

Councils chiefs call for more powers to ‘restrict’ takeaways

12/11/2019

Local authorities have called for more planning powers to help them prevent takeaways from ‘clustering’ as part of the fight against health inequalities and obesity.

Exclusion process suffers ‘serious weaknesses’

11/11/2019

The current system for excluding pupils from school suffers from ‘serious weaknesses’ and needs overhauling, a new report has found.

Councils warn about spiralling cost of free school transport

04/11/2019

Councils will be spending £1.2bn on providing free school transport by 2024, new research has found.

School league tables ‘misrepresent’ performance, northern leaders say

30/10/2019

Secondary school league tables misrepresent performance by failing to show the difference when pupil background is taken into account, northern leaders say.

Whitehall launches £400m improvement fund for academies

28/10/2019

Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of a multi-million pound fund to help improve facilities, the Government has announced.

Special educational needs reforms ‘poorly implemented’, MPs say

23/10/2019

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is being failed by the Government’s SEND reforms, MPs warn.

Children with special educational needs home schooled ‘as last resort’

15/10/2019

Parents of SEN children often home school their kids as a last resort rather than a preferred choice, a new Ofsted report has revealed.

Unexplained exits from schools at ‘very high rates’

11/10/2019

A new study has warned of ‘very high rates’ of unexplained pupil exits from schools among several local authorities and multi-academy trusts in England.

Developers offered loans to build new schools

10/10/2019

Housing developers will be given loans from the Government to build new schools before new properties are finished.

Six councils conned into spending thousands of pounds on illegal school

03/10/2019

Six local authorities were duped into paying thousands of pounds to educate vulnerable children in an unsafe illegal school.

Four in five schools will be worse off next year, research finds

30/09/2019

Funding for schools is dwindling in real terms despite the recent announcement of extra cash, according to campaigners.

Labour pledges to scrap ‘unfit for purpose’ Ofsted

23/09/2019

Labour has vowed to scrap Ofsted and replace it with regular ‘health checks’ led by local government.

DfE drive to check council readiness for Brexit

19/09/2019

The Department for Education (DfE) is attempting to gain a better understanding of school sector and council readiness just weeks before the Government’s Brexit deadline.

Two-thirds of English schools rated ‘poor’ for fire protection

18/09/2019

Over 60% of English schools are rated ‘poor’ for fire protection systems, with only one in 20 rated ‘excellent’, new research has revealed.

Quarter of teachers work more than 60 hours a week, study reveals

18/09/2019

One in four teachers work more than 60 hours a week and many work in the evenings, a new study has revealed.

PM announces new wave of free school applications

10/09/2019

The Government has announced the latest round of applications for the controversial free schools programme in an effort to ‘drive up education standards’.

Tower Hamlets appoints Sustrans for first wave of new school streets

06/09/2019

East London borough Tower Hamlets has launched a scheme to create 50 streets where traffic is diverted away from school gates.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost

04/09/2019

School spending will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23, the chancellor confirmed today.

New measures to improve underperforming schools

02/09/2019

A new specialist academy trust to take on and turn around the most challenging schools will be launched by the Government.

Johnson outlines £14bn for schools over three years

02/09/2019

Schools across England are set to receive a £14bn cash boost over the next three years, including £700m for children with special educational needs.

Councils call for incentives to help schools support children with special needs

29/08/2019

Mainstream schools should be incentivised to accept more children with special needs, council leaders have said today.

Council chiefs warn of ‘looming’ school places crisis

27/08/2019

Council leaders have called on the Government to give them more powers to open maintained schools to help avoid an impending secondary school place shortage.

Glasgow council launches car-free zones around schools

16/08/2019

Glasgow City Council is trialling car free zones to improve road safety and reduce harmful emissions outside of six of the city’s primary schools.

Newham Council installs nearly 100 air quality monitors in schools

30/07/2019

The London Borough of Newham has announced it will be installing 96 air quality monitoring tubes in schools across its area in an effort to tackle air pollution.

Council chiefs defend record of transparency in maintained schools

17/07/2019

Local authority leaders have hit back at a Government suggestion that academies are more transparent and accountable than council schools.

Hinds launches £9m mental health training scheme

12/07/2019

Pupils struggling with mental health are to benefit from more 'joined up care and support', education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

Kent CC warns of ‘dire’ £14m SEND deficit

11/07/2019

Kent County Council has warned it is facing a 'dire' £14m financial deficit for the cost of special needs education provision.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Free HPV vaccination to be offered to boys

09/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that from boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time.

Our school places challenge

05/07/2019

A new report has warned the UK needs more than 600 new schools by 2022 to meet demand. Mark Robinson explores how local authorities can address the school place shortfall.

Majority of young people experience mental health issues, poll reveals

02/07/2019

Three in five young people have experienced a mental health problem or are close to someone who has, according to a new survey.

Fifth of local government leaders ‘privately educated’

25/06/2019

Around 20% of local government leaders and 29% of MPs are privately educated compared to 7% of the population, a report into social mobility has revealed.

Whitehall announces measures to support ‘vulnerable’ children in school

18/06/2019

The Department for Education has announced that it will ‘take forward’ changes to make it easier for vulnerable children to access school places.

Children exposed to toxic air inside schools, report warns

18/06/2019

The quality of air inside and outside primary schools must be improved to protect children's health, campaigners have demanded.

A first-class learning environment

06/06/2019

Dr Owen Connick explains how, by employing hybrid ventilation, schools can maximise health, comfort and sustainability without big building works.

Calls for sugar-free schools by 2022

05/06/2019

All schools in London should be sugar-free by 2022, according to health experts.

Birmingham council granted interim injunction to protect school from protests

03/06/2019

A court order banning protests over sex education outside a Birmingham school is set to be reviewed next week.

Council schools get better Ofsted ratings than academies, report finds

23/05/2019

Council-maintained schools are more likely to remain ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ than their academy counterparts, new research suggests.

Whitehall announces £200m ‘rural broadband' programme

20/05/2019

The Government yesterday announced that it has started to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural areas across the country.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

New school inspections framework to discourage ‘teaching to the test’

14/05/2019

Teachers have welcomed Ofsted's new inspection framework which pledges to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development rather than on test results.

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’.

Ofsted to retain grading system in new inspection framework

30/04/2019

Ofsted has decided to retain its current 4-point grading system when it launches its new inspection framework in September.

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.

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.

Over 50,000 pupils stuck in ‘zombie schools’

15/04/2019

Tens of thousands of pupils are stuck ‘in limbo’ as their academies wait to be transferred between trusts.

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.

Developers encouraged to fund school places

11/04/2019

The Government has published new guidance which sets out how councils can encourage housing developers to fund the school places their developments create.

Review of school appeals system ‘imperative’, think tank says

11/04/2019

Poorer families and those from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to secure their top choice of school through the appeals and waiting list system than other groups, new research reveals.

Nearly 13,000 new classrooms needed by 2022 in England

10/04/2019

England will require an additional 12,835 school classrooms by 2021/22 to meet demand, new research 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.

In perfect partnership: how councils can get the most out of a tech provider

26/03/2019

Cassandra Phillip lists the key steps to creating a successful partnership with a technology provider.

Councils should do more to cut emissions outside of schools, charity says

25/03/2019

Sustainable transport campaigners have called on local authorities to close the streets outside of schools during the school run to cut dangerous emissions.

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

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.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

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.

Nearly one in three council-run secondary schools are in the red

11/01/2019

Almost one in three local authority maintained secondary schools were in a financial deficit in 2017-18, new research has revealed.

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.

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.

Vulnerable children at risk due to school support staff cuts, union warns

23/11/2018

A quarter of school support staff go home worried every day having spoken to pupils about the issues that trouble them, according to their union.

Union calls for action to prevent violence against school support staff

08/11/2018

The union for school support staff has called on councils and schools to sign a charter of demands to help prevent violence against support staff in schools.

Nearly 500 underperforming schools ‘betrayal of children’s futures.’

01/11/2018

The chief inspector of Ofsted has warned that the existence of nearly 500 ‘stuck’ schools is ‘nothing short of a scandal.’

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