Education

Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

26.03.19: Wiltshire Council has announced it is extending its consultation on controversial plans to restructure its special education services and has withdrawn its decision to close three special schools. A group of families in Wiltshire had taken...

Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22.03.19: A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of costs could threaten jobs at the local authority. Neath Port Talbot Council will, subject to a...

Northamptonshire CC to ask for DfE for more time over controversial early years funding cuts

20.03.19: Northamptonshire County Council is to ask the government for extra time to find a solution to its early years funding deficit after proposals for nearly £2m of cuts faced a backlash from residents. The cash-strapped council had propos...

Families lose High Court battle against Surrey County Council over £21m special needs reduction

19.03.19: Families of children with special educational needs have lost a High Court challenge against Surrey County Council over its plans to reduce its special educations budget by £21m. As part of £82m of savings in its 2019-20 budget...

Stoke-on-Trent council’s ‘inadequate’ children services slammed by Ofsted in ‘outrageous dereliction of duty’

19.03.19: Vulnerable children are “not being protected” by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and are being failed by its “inadequate” services, Ofsted has found. An inspection of the children’s services in Stoke found that chi...

‘Betrayed’ foster carers of Parsons Green bomber sue Surrey council

08.03.19: The foster parents of the Parson Green bomber are suing Surrey County Council for negligence after the authority placed him in their home without telling them he had been “trained to kill by ISIS.” Ahmed Hassan was sentenced to...

EvoNorth 2019: Discussing Education, Skills & Employment

04.03.19: Educating the next generation of business, society leaders and decision-makers is one of the most prevalent challenges the North faces: with 80,000 new digital workers in demand by 2020, it is more important now than ever before that the next wo...

Ex-council leader resigns over ‘draconian’ plans to cut teaching staff in face of £16m budget gap

26.02.19: The former leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has resigned from the Labour group over its “draconian” plans to cut teaching staff numbers in the region. Ronnie Nicholson said the SNP-Labour council’s plan to cut at le...

Dundee ‘sick to the teeth with austerity’ as council propose multi-million cuts to staff and services

13.02.19: Dundee City Council has put forward proposals to save £9m a year from its budget with plans to axe principal teachers in secondary schools and introduce new charges. With the council facing a budget blackhole of £19m prior to th...

More children ‘exposed to neglect or abuse’ due to government’s failures in understanding surge in children’s services

25.01.19: Children in need of help or protection are being exposed to neglect, abuse, or harm because of the Department for Education’s (DfE) lack of action and failure to understand the factors behind rapidly growing demand in children’s soci...

Norfolk County Council rubber-stamps plans to close 38 children’s centres amid fierce protests

23.01.19: Controversial proposals to close 38 children centres in Norfolk have been voted through by councillors after a six-hour meeting at County Hall. Protestors turned up outside the meeting, campaigning against the plans to close the majority of...

Fife Council scraps controversial P1 assessments despite harsh government opposition

14.12.18: Fife Council has announced that it will be scrapping the controversial standardised P1 assessments at the end of the current academic year. At an authority meeting yesterday, councillors agreed to withdraw from the P1 Scottish National Stan...

New children’s services commissioner takes over at Northamptonshire

30.11.18: The government has appointed a children’s services commissioner for Northamptonshire and issued a statutory direction to the county council requiring immediate improvement. The direction follows a damning report from Ofsted which said...

Council writes to parents warning of ‘unprecedented cuts’ to schools to tackle deficit

26.11.18: Parents in Falkirk have been warned there will “unprecedented cuts” to schools as the council faces a £29m budget deficit over the next five years. Falkirk council has asked secondary school headteachers to find £2.5...

Bucks County Council leader urges government to protect ‘life and death’ children’s services in merger

22.11.18: The government must ensure that ‘life and death’ children’s services are supported when the merging of council services for Buckinghamshire County Council, the authority’s leader has said. Speaking to PSE, Cllr Marti...

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Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

26/03/2019Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

Wiltshire Council has announced it is extending its consultation on controversial plans to restructure its special education services and has wit... more >
South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

26/03/2019South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

The four South Yorkshire council leaders and mayor Dan Jarvis have announced a “breakthrough” in the stalled devolution deal for Shef... more >
Council leader reinstated after online Tommy Robinson comments amid Tory Islamophobia row

26/03/2019Council leader reinstated after online Tommy Robinson comments amid Tory Islamophobia row

The Conservative council leader who was suspended for sharing a message supporting far-right activist Tommy Robinson has now been re-instated by ... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

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Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

18/03/2019Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, outlines his organisation’s campaign to make sure local government tops to government’s list for this year’s Spending Review. Our #CouncilsCan campaign to influence this year’s Spending Review is well underway and gathering momentum. The money local governm... more >
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Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

11/03/2019Camberley inspired: investment and regeneration

The decline of the Great British high street has been one of the greatest concerns for local councils in recent years, leading to some innovative... more >
Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

11/03/2019Swindon's solar-powered recycling centre saves council cash

Steve Cains, head of power solutions at Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, describes the benefits of... more >
National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

11/03/2019National Infrastructure Commission: Progressing the North

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) National Infrastructure Assessment was released in July 2018, making a variety of recommenda... more >
SARS II: Recovery made easy

11/03/2019SARS II: Recovery made easy

Paul Bentley, of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), introduces us to the Spend Analysis Recovery Framework: a no win no fee means of carrying ou... more >

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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