Schools

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.’

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.

Labour pledges to scrap new academies

25/09/2018

Councils would be given control of academies and have new powers to build more schools if Labour were elected, the party conference heard yesterday.

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.

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.

Number of infants in overcrowded classes ‘doubled’ under Tories

06/09/2018

The Government denies accusations that the number of primary school infants in classes over 30 pupils has nearly doubled under the Tories.

Whitehall publishes guidance to save schools £1bn

31/08/2018

The Government has published guidance aimed at helping schools reduce the £10bn bill they pay annually on non-staffing costs.

Councils warn of secondary school places 'emergency'

31/08/2018

Half of all councils England may be unable to meet demand for new secondary school places within five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Hackney raises £100,000 a week from controversial traffic camera

24/08/2018

It is the ‘responsibility of drivers’ to read signs, Hackney Council argues in response to criticisms that its new traffic cameras are inadequately signposted.

Council fined for ‘unfairly’ changing school admission arrangements

23/08/2018

Nottinghamshire County Council has been criticised for ‘unfairly’ changing its school admission arrangements and forcing parents to send siblings to separate schools.

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.

Councils more likely to improve failing schools than academies

06/07/2018

Failing schools are more likely to be improved by councils than academy chains, new analysis has revealed.

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.

Number of pupils getting first-choice secondary school falling

15/06/2018

The proportion of pupils getting into their first-choice secondary school is falling, according to the latest figures.

Khan announces £1m school air quality fund

25/05/2018

The mayor of London yesterday announced a £1m fund to help protect pupils attending schools in the most polluted areas of the capital.

Ofsted criticised for not offering ‘value for money’

24/05/2018

Ofsted has struggled to meet its inspection targets due to ‘significant’ financial and staffing challenges, auditors say.

Free school transport schemes at risk in county areas

24/05/2018

County councils have warned they are struggling to fund free school transport schemes as it costs ten times more in county areas than neighbouring cities.

Ban cars from school areas, charity says

21/05/2018

A charity has urged the Government to ban cars from the immediate vicinity of school gates at drop off and pick up times in order to improve air quality.

Rise in mental health referrals from schools

14/05/2018

Local government leaders have branded a report on mental health services for young people 'worrying' and called for a radical overhaul of the available treatment.

Whitehall criticised for £50m ‘handout’ to grammar schools

11/05/2018

Council chiefs have urged the Government to give them more powers to build schools in response to today’s announcement that grammar schools will receive £50m to expand.

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.

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.

Government launches £23m fund to support disadvantaged pupils

30/04/2018

The department for education has launched a £23m fund to help support the brightest pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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.

Majority of children offered first choice of primary school

17/04/2018

An estimated 90% of pupils were offered a place at their first choice of primary school this year following the creation of hundreds of thousands of new places by councils.

Council demands answers over school repairs

09/04/2018

The body responsible for building and maintaining 17 schools in Edinburgh has been criticised by the council for failing to carry out repair work.

Investigation launched into serious failures at specialist school

06/04/2018

An investigation has been launched into a charity for the blind following ‘serious concerns’ over the safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people.

Auditors tell councils to ‘learn lessons’ from school wall collapse

04/04/2018

Auditors have called on councils in Scotland to ‘learn lessons’ from the collapse of a school wall in Edinburgh.

Funding boost of £500m for school expansion programme

03/04/2018

The Government has announced over £500m will be spent to improve and expand school buildings to create more good school places.

Schools evacuated after hoax bomb threat

20/03/2018

Pupils across England were evacuated yesterday after an aggrieved gamer sent a hoax email threatening to bomb one of hundreds of schools.

Local authority schools suffer funding ‘squeeze’

16/03/2018

Council chiefs have warned about the ‘squeeze’ on school funding as report reveals proportion of secondary schools in deficit has trebled in recent years.

‘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.

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.

Councils chiefs call for £90m to fund mental health counselling in schools

07/02/2018

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest £90m to help secondary schools offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils.

Reforms to free school meals would leave children hungry, warn union

15/01/2018

A leading union has dismissed government proposed reforms to free school meal entitlement as 'a cut disguised as a kindness.'

Council investigation finds ‘serious’ failings in illegal schools policy

08/01/2018

Children are being put at risk as government policy dealing with illegal ‘schools’ has serious failings, an investigation by a London council has revealed.

Greening the school estate

04/01/2018

More energy efficient school buildings could save the Department for Education £2.6bn a year, a new report has found. Laura Sharman examines the findings in more detail.

Educational opportunities ‘geographically unequal’, think tank says

22/12/2017

Access to high performing schools has become more ‘geographically unequal’ despite emphasis on improving schools outside of London, report finds.

Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile

20/12/2017

A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.

School building strategy needed to tackle classroom shortage, report says

14/12/2017

More than 14,500 extra secondary school classrooms will be needed in England over the next three years, new research says.

Extra support for mental health in schools ‘welcome’, campaigners say

04/12/2017

Campaigners have welcomed Government proposals to put more resources into supporting mental health in schools and demanded they be put into action immediately.

Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

Rural life is ‘disappearing fast’ warns new research

14/11/2017

Rural schools, pubs and post offices are being forced to close down due to ageing and dwindling populations, a new report has warned.

Isle of Wight launches consultation on school term-times

10/11/2017

The Isle of Wight has launched a consultation on whether its policy on school holidays could include cutting the summer break and making half terms longer.

Schools should have mandatory plans to tackle knife crime, Khan says

01/11/2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday announced all schools should have mandatory plans in place to help prevent knife crime.

‘Sugar tax’ helps double funding for sports in schools

25/10/2017

Funding to help primary schools improve the quality of their PE and sport provision has been doubled to £320m a year, the Government has announced.

Fire chief calls for sprinklers to be mandatory in all schools

25/10/2017

Only four new or refurbished schools in London took the advice of the Fire Brigade and installed sprinklers last year, new figures have revealed.

'Troubled services' costing £10bn to keep going by Government

19/10/2017

The Government is spending billions keeping public services going but failing to deal with underlying problems, experts have warned.

Council charges foster family for free school transport

11/10/2017

Councils are putting foster children at a disadvantage compared to their peers when it comes to school transport, ombudsman says.

Labour will invest £13bn to repair ‘deteriorating’ school estate

27/09/2017

Labour will provide local authorities with the £13bn needed to repair the school estate, shadow secretary of state for education tells conference.

Satisfaction with Scottish public services falls to lowest level in a decade

27/09/2017

The number of adults satisfied with three public services in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level since 2007.

Ofsted inspection reforms could create ‘uncertainty’, head teachers warn

22/09/2017

A teachers union has lashed out at Ofsted’s proposals to change the short inspection process, saying it will create a ‘cloud of uncertainty’ in schools.

Findings reveal London’s poorest children suffer most from air pollution

20/09/2017

London’s poorest children attend schools most affected by air pollution — yet their families are likely to contribute the least to that pollution.

National funding formula for schools ‘inadequate’, say head teachers

15/09/2017

A new national funding formula for schools has been dismissed as inadequate by Labour and head teachers.

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