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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.

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.

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