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Abused school pupils threaten council with legal action

25/01/2022

Former pupils of a council-run school are considering legal action against Lincolnshire County Council after two former staff members were convicted of abuse.

School leaders warn of ‘logistical difficulties’ due to COVID absences

05/01/2022

School leaders have warned of ‘logistical difficulties’ after the education secretary recommended combining classes to deal with workforce shortages.

School leaders warn GCSEs and A-Levels could be at risk

21/12/2021

School leaders are preparing for the possibility that exams and assessments might be disrupted next year as a result of Omicron.

Former teachers urged to return to ‘protect face-to-face’ education

20/12/2021

The Government is asking former teachers to return to the classroom to sign up from today in anticipation of staff shortages due to Omicron.

School cuts without precedent in ‘post-war UK history’

17/12/2021

School leaders have welcomed the Government’s confirmation of £4bn of funding but warn this ‘falls well short’ of what schools need to make up for past cuts.

Schools show improvement despite pandemic, Ofsted finds

13/12/2021

Schools across the UK have shown signs of improvement despite the impact of the pandemic, school inspectors say.

Spielman: No silver bullet for children's social care

07/12/2021

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has warned there is no ‘silver bullet’ to the long-term problems in the children’s social care sector.

Taskforces to support young people in serious violence 'hotspots'

03/12/2021

The Government is deploying 10 special taskforces to help stop vulnerable young people becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity.

Experts to help local authorities to reduce pupil absence

26/11/2021

New attendance advisors are set to work with local authorities and multi-academy trusts to reduce pupil absence.

Majority of schools ‘financially sustainable’ despite pressures

25/11/2021

The financial health of the school system has held up well in recent years despite funding pressures which have led to staffing cuts and changes to special educational needs provision.

Directors report rise in the number of children receiving home education

24/11/2021

The number of children being home schooled has increased by 7% in the past year, according to new research.

Ofsted to inspect all schools by summer 2025

17/11/2021

All schools and colleges will be inspected by Ofsted by summer 2025 to determine how education is recovering from the pandemic.

Government confirms £1m fund to tackle bullying

16/11/2021

Thousands of schools in England are set to benefit from further support and training to help pupils combat bullying, the Government today announced.

Extending school day is not the 'silver bullet' for education catch up

03/11/2021

Lengthening the school day by 30 minutes would cost £2.7bn a year and there is 'insufficient evidence' it would improve results, a report has said today.

Three local authorities get extra COVID support

01/11/2021

Extra support is being given to three local authorities in the East of England to help tackle the rise in COVID-19 cases.

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks

19/10/2021

Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Sunak urged to tackle backlogs in public services or face greater costs

19/10/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak must swiftly invest in public services hit hardest by the pandemic or face much greater costs down the line, a report has warned.

Now is the time to support, inspire and empower our youth in addressing climate change

19/10/2021

David Ingham explains why the Pod (Wastebuster’s free school environmental education and campaign programme) and The Energy Saving Trust Foundation have joined forces in the run-up to COP26, to provide free support for schools and their students.

Schools ‘propping up a failing welfare state’

15/10/2021

A 'failing' welfare system is forcing families to rely on schools for basic needs such as access to food, academics have said in a new report.

Councils call for £100m investment in school counselling

15/10/2021

The Government has been urged to invest at least £100m per year to make school-based counselling available to all children.

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.

Calls to roll out 'no referral’ early support hubs

06/10/2021

Councils are calling for the creation of early support hubs to allow young people to access mental health support without a referral.

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.

County warns fuel crisis hitting school transport services

29/09/2021

School transport services are being affected by the fuel crisis and shortage of drivers, a county council has warned.

Free 'Glasses in Classes' to boost literacy

23/09/2021

Thousands of children will receive two pairs of free glasses as part of a trial to improve literacy.

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.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

01/09/2021

Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

SEND children being left behind by council

31/08/2021

Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found. 

Schools to receive £25m for CO2 monitors

23/08/2021

All state-funded schools are to receive carbon dioxide monitors from September to help tackle COVID-19, the Government has announced.

Unions call for better ventilation in schools to reduce COVID disruption

17/08/2021

Education unions have written to Gavin Williamson urging the Government to take action to improve ventilation in schools to reduce further COVID disruption.

Teachers tell Williamson to end ‘fixation’ with banning mobiles

17/08/2021

School and college leaders have called on the education secretary to end what they describe as his ‘fixation’ with banning mobile phones in classrooms.

Over three million children exposed to ‘dangerous’ levels of air pollution

16/08/2021

More than 3.1 million children across England are going to schools in areas exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) limits on PM2.5, City Hall has revealed.

COVID-19 measures ‘reduced the risk of infection in school’, data shows

12/08/2021

Special measures put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in schools have proven to be effective, new data suggests.

Second round of schools rebuilding programme announced

19/07/2021

A further 50 schools have been confirmed for the second round of the Prime Minister’s rebuilding programme.

Free breakfast club for low-income families extended for two years

12/07/2021

Thousands more children in disadvantaged areas in England will benefit from free breakfasts at school, the Government has announced.

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.

Funding formula has shifted money from most deprived schools, watchdog warns

02/07/2021

Funding for deprived schools has shifted towards more wealthier schools, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Ofsted publishes new guidance for confronting sexual abuse

29/06/2021

Ofsted has published updated education inspection handbooks, clarifying how inspectors will assess how schools and colleges confront sexual harassment, abuse and violence among children and young people.

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.

More than a thousand school buildings to share £483m investment

23/06/2021

Schools in the North East and North West will receive the biggest share of funding to improve school buildings.

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.

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There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution

Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
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