• Creating a country that works for all

    13 November 2019

    Arianna Giovannini of IPPR North says that whichever party emerges as the winner on 13 December should prioritise rebalancing our national economy - creating a country that works for everyone.

  • Working with young people across Medway to reduce the number of NEET

    11 November 2019

    Medway Council has achieved significant falls in the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Ian Sutherland explains how this has been achieved.

  • York’s rural champions

    06 November 2019

    North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.

  • North Yorkshire expands commercial operations

    30 October 2019

    North Yorkshire CC’s trading arm has acquired a company that will allow it to expand into the rest of Yorkshire and beyond.

  • MPs call for end to 'one-off' SEND inspections

    22 October 2019

    Joint ‘one-off’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted inspections of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services should not continue, MPs have concluded.

  • Kent’s very own powerhouse

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports

  • London trails East Midlands and South West in schools funding increases

    15 October 2019

    The East Midlands and South West have emerged as the biggest winners from education budgets announced this week.

  • DfE’s children’s review stalled

    10 October 2019

    A Department for Education (DfE) review to consider the role of councils in relation to children has been mothballed after its launch three years ago, The MJ has learned.

  • Ombudsman censures Bexley over response to complaint

    10 October 2019

    Bexley LBC has come under heavy criticism from the Local Government Ombudsman after failing to make agreed improvements to school transport applications for disabled children.

  • Council chiefs in dark over 5G future, survey finds

    10 October 2019

    Almost half of council chief officers are still unsure whether superfast 5G broadband will arrive in their area according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

  • Growing a city the holistic way

    09 October 2019

    Chief executive of Belfast City Council Suzanne Wylie talks to Ann McGauran about the ambitious 20-year place-shaping community plan, prioritising inclusive growth, the Brexit factor, and more.

  • Prepare for the 5G revolution

    09 October 2019

    Local authorities are aware 5G is imminent and could have a dramatic effect on their frontline services according to a survey by The MJ and BT, as Michael Burton reports.

  • High Court rejects call for judicial review on SEND spending

    08 October 2019

    The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge from families seeking a judicial review to the Government’s funding of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Nine in 10 complaints about SEND provision upheld by Ombudsman

    03 October 2019

    The Ombudsman is receiving more complaints about education, health and care plans (EHCP) than ever before – and the vast majority are being upheld.

  • Changing Tynes

    01 October 2019

    Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side to work with the Northern Powerhouse minister.

  • London Boroughs adept at SEND, but with some disparity

    24 September 2019

    London’s councils are generally adept at managing pupils with special educational needs (SEND), but there is significant disparity between the performance of some schools, a study has concluded.

  • London in skills devolution call

    16 September 2019

    The capital has called on the Government to further devolve powers over skills funding.

  • The true value of showing your support

    11 September 2019

    Cllr Izzi Seccombe outlines the benefits of a new recruitment and development scheme to help those in Warwickshire with special educational needs and disabilities gain entry to the workforce.

  • A flexible plan for every sick child

    11 September 2019

    North Yorkshire CC is proposing to adopt a virtual school approach and more options for learning for those who can’t attend school because of medical needs. Jane le Sage explains the thinking behind the strategy.

  • Is this a sustainable first step away from austerity?

    11 September 2019

    Andrew Burns says the Spending Round sent a strong positive signal, but short- and medium-term questions remain over funding – and the macroeconomic climate does little to put services back on a sustainable long-term path.