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Tower Hamlets' children’s services achieves ‘remarkable turnaround’ in Ofsted review

23.07.19: Tower Hamlets Council’s children’s service has jumped two grades and achieved a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after inspectors found a “transformed culture” and “remarkable progress.” In 2017, the...

DfE announces £33.5m for academies to drive improvements

19.07.19: Academies in England will receive a package of over £33m to help drive improvement in the education system, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced today. High-performing academy trusts are being encouraged to grow and suppor...

Defra appoints Oxford professor as new chief scientist

12.07.19: Gideon Henderson has been appointed by Defra as its new chief scientific advisor. Henderson, who is currently a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oxford, will join Defra in October in this year. He replaces the out-going...

Councils welcome government review of guidance for youth services

11.07.19: A review of the statutory guidance for council-provided youth services has been launched by the government. Civil society minister Mims Davies made the announcement, stating that the review will “focus on the positive role local autho...

New guidance for academy trusts to ‘crack down on excessive executive pay’

09.07.19: New guidance for setting executive pay has been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), suggesting trusts must be prepared to cut pay in cases of poor management. The new guidance sets out key factors that should be use...

Princess Anne officially opens £30m Sellafield education campus in Cumbria

04.07.19: Campus Whitehaven, Sellafield’s largest ever community investment, has been officially opened by HRH Princess Anne. The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the site, which houses St Benedict’s Roman...

The alignment of vocational education and training

29.05.19: How can vocational education and training match workforce skills with the needs of the economy? Senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Anna Round reports. The alignment of vocational education and training...

Councils get £30m boost to look after asylum seeking children

10.05.19: The government has announced a £30m funding boost for councils looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) following warnings that minors are being “left in limbo.” Immigration minister Caroline Nokes reveal...

Hinds turns to headteachers for views on how to solve children’s SEND funding crisis

03.05.19: The education secretary has turned to headteachers, schools and local authorities for fresh views on children’s special needs funding after admitting schools are facing “knock-on-pressure” due to sky-rocketing demand. Spea...

‘Starved’ children’s services need £3bn funding as cuts push councils to ‘breaking point’, say MPs

01.05.19: Children’s services in England are at “breaking point” and need a minimum funding boost of at least £3.1bn funding boost to cope with demand, MPs have warned in a parliamentary report. The Housing, Communities and Lo...

Headteachers told to endure ‘darkest hour’ ahead of Spending Review

30.04.19: Headteachers in England have been told to endure “the darkest hour before the dawn” until future school spending is revealed as the education secretary insists he will make a “strong case” for more funding ahead of the Sp...

Suffolk County Council backs £24m borrowing to create first wave of specialist education places

24.04.19: Plans to borrow £24.1m to develop new specialist education places have been approved by Suffolk County Council, with the first wave of new places expected to be ready for September 2020. A cross-party working group came up a £45...

SEND funding cut by more than £1bn as nine in 10 councils hit ‘massive funding shortfall’

16.04.19: Councils have seen a £1.2bn drop in real-terms funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the last four years as the Nation Education Union (NEU) warns that local authorities have reached “crisis...

Councils paying for thousands of children in ‘illegal schools’, Ofsted says

12.04.19: Ofsted has warned that local authorities are providing funding for children’s education in unregulated settings, after finding 6,000 children to date receiving education in suspected illegal schools. The education inspectorate has cal...

Councils to press housing developers to pay for new schools under DfE guidance

11.04.19: The government has published new guidance for councils to encourage housing developers to fund the new schools created by their developments. The Department for Education has published the new advice setting out how local authorities can be...

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

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A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

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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 >
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