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...

Children’s commissioner ‘extremely concerned’ over council spending on mental health services and postcode lottery

10.04.19: A postcode funding lottery and “extremely worrying” real-term reductions are facing the increasing number of children suffering from low-level mental health conditions, a major report from the Children's Commissioner for England has...

‘New era’ for EdTech as DfE launches new £10m strategy

03.04.19: The government has launched a new £10m strategy to support leading tech companies to work with schools and colleges in a “new era” for EdTech. Education secretary Damian Hinds wants the use of technology in education to he...

Rotherham council finally free of government intervention after restoring ‘moral compass’

28.03.19: The government has confirmed its intervention at Rotherham council will formally end this weekend after it had “transformed from a failing authority to one that is reinvigorated and fully autonomous.” Central government took ove...

Local government ombudsman slams Surrey County Council for delaying disabled boy’s education by 15 months

28.03.19: Surrey County Council and its under-fire special needs services has been criticised by the local government ombudsman after it took 15 months too long to provide a disabled boy with adequate education. The boy, who has “significant sp...

Care leaders ‘neglected their duties’ to children as Ofsted finds serious social care failures at Newham Council

28.03.19: Vulnerable children in Newham are being put at risk by “serious failures” in social services and care leaders who have “neglected their duties” to children, a damning Ofsted report has found. Inspectors reported a &l...

DfE commissions Essex CC to review Blackpool Council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

27.03.19: Essex County Council is to lead a review investigating Blackpool Council’s inadequately-rated children’s social care services and determine whether or not the authority should lose its control over the services. In January, an O...

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...

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