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Mass children’s centre closures proposed for Norfolk County Council

18.09.18: A massive 46 out of 53 children’s centres could close under plans announced by Norfolk County Council in a bid to balance the books. Norfolk— who in July took an extra year to deliver savings to be “more realistic”&m...

Dorset council merger has ‘inhibited’ Bournemouth services improvements, Ofsted says

03.09.18: The upcoming merger that will abolish the existing nine current district Dorset councils and replace them with two unitary authorities has “inhibited” Bournemouth’s ability to deliver improvements to children’s services...

Commissioner to consider government takeover of ‘failing’ Wakefield Council services

22.08.18: The government has appointed a commissioner to review whether Wakefield Council should lose control of its children’s services after Ofsted inspectors found that they were inadequate across the board. In a statutory direction issued t...

School cuts coalition blasts education secretary over ‘dangerously inadequate’ SEND funding

18.06.18: Almost 40 local councils alongside trade unions have condemned the education secretary for insufficient funding for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The School Cuts Coalition, a collective of major trade...

Hinds pledges £730m to create new school places

05.06.18: Councils are set to receive £730m to fund new school places, education secretary Damian Hinds has announced. Included in this is £630m of basic needs allocations to create the places needed by September 2021. The plans form part...

Special educational needs funding needs to be more than ‘one-off cash injection’, councillors warn

29.05.18: Children with special educational needs require “significant, on-going and sustainable” funding building on from the government’s £50m pledge announced today, councillors have warned. The Conservatives announced the...

Government pledges £30m to support the nation’s youth across 10 projects

08.05.18: Ten projects across England have been granted investment as part of the Life Chances Fund which focuses on helping and encouraging the younger generation into employment. As part of an £83m project that provides young disadvantaged ch...

‘Neglected majority’ of young people are ‘badly let down’ by education system

27.04.18: A major funding boost is needed to get T levels off the ground, according to a report published today. According to the Resolution Foundation’s report ‘Technical Fault’, the proportion of people earning a degree by their late...

Govt risks wasting £600m of apprenticeship cash on ‘rebadged’ training courses

17.04.18: The introduction of the levy around this time last year has actually diminished the quality of apprenticeships, with the government now running the risk of dishing out £600m on courses that are incorrectly labelled as apprenticeships, Reform...

Councils need powers to crack down on bad home-schooling, says LGA

11.04.18: Councils should have the powers and funding to enter the premises of home-schooled children to ensure they are being taught in suitable conditions, the LGA has argued. The recommendation follows news that the Department for Education (DfE)...

How apprenticeships work

04.04.18: With a higher number and higher quality of apprenticeships on offer than ever before, 2018 is set to be a monumental year for training. Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, explains how apprenticeships are helping more p...

Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16.03.18: The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘School funding pressures in England,’ published today by the Education Policy Institute, found t...

LGO upholds 80% of Education and Health Care Plan complaints

07.03.18: Eight out of 10 complaints about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP) investigated by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) are upheld, Michael King has revealed. Speaking at a conference yesterday, King said that out of nearly...

Academies mean councils struggling to take integrated approach to education

23.02.18: Councils are struggling to take an integrated approach to education in areas where high numbers of secondary schools are academies, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The report has found that the government is taking lon...

‘Crisis brewing’ in secondary education, MPs warn

31.01.18: The number of secondary school teachers has been falling rapidly since 2010, it has been revealed. A report by the public accounts committee has shown that since 2012 more teachers have been leaving the profession for reasons other than retirem...

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