Don't take away our authority over schools, Scottish councils warn
Scottish councils have warned the Scottish Government against attempts to strip them of authority over schools, in a response to a consultation on the Education Bill.
Collaborate with businesses and schools to address skills gap, MPs tell councils
Local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, businesses, schools and colleges should come together to discuss the skills gap, MPs have urged.
Cabinet Office: Interserve not going to be another Carillion
The Cabinet Office has denied rumours it is concerned infrastructure firm Interserve is headed in the same direction as failed Carillion.
Councils lack PFI management skills
Local authorities lack the skills necessary to manage Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and risk not getting the best value for money, new research has warned.
Corridors of power
Conservative Party special advisers Simon Fortescue-Smythe and Julian Ponsonby are speculating about next year’s spending plans over a bottle of bubbly…
Ofsted to move away from passing judgments
Ofsted wants to change its relationship with local authorities by having annual conversations with them instead of only passing judgments, the regulator has said.
Children's commissioner adds to calls for Universal Credit pause
The children’s commissioner Anne Longfield will ask the Treasury to pause the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children.
‘Vary funding as required’
Local authorities have been told to vary the Government’s funding formula for schools if they feel the need to do so, the Department for Education’s top official has said.
£20m for sector-led kids’ services
The Department for Education (DfE) has signalled a major policy shift with a £20m investment for a new programme of sector-led improvement for children’s services.
Funding review ‘a priority’
The local government fair funding review is a priority and could be implemented by 2020/21, Whitehall insiders have suggested.
Sector’s ethnicity under government scrutiny
Councils have been warned they must ‘explain or change’ their record on ethnicity despite fresh data highlighting the sector’s strong performance in recruitment.
Ministers hand councils new education role
Scottish ministers have watered down plans to reduce council influence over schools.
Brum praised for tackling illegal schools
Ofsted’s chief inspector has praised Birmingham City Council for working with the regulator to tackle illegal schools.
Back to school: Give councils the powers they need
Place-based school planning and decision-making powers are currently not strong enough, argues Michael Bracey, so it’s time for the Government to empower councils to aid the schools.
Council slams multi-academy trusts' lack of accountability
Wakefield City Council has criticised the lack of accountability of academy trusts after an organisation that managed 21 schools in the city pulled out of its role.
EXCLUSIVE: London boroughs face £94m funding gap for SEN pupils
London boroughs are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as funding shortfalls meet increases in the numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), finance experts have warned.
London cannot continue to plug schools budgets with short-term fixes
Gerald Almeroth warns of a looming crisis in schools funding in London as growing shortfalls meet a continuing rise in pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN).
Training up the leaders of tomorrow
Andrew Muter talks about the unique approach Newark and Sherwood DC and its surrounding authorities are taking to develop talent.
Shropshire academy trust ready for launch
Shropshire Council is to launch its own multi-academy trust in the hope of maintaining an influence on education in the county.
School powers transfer ‘threat to local democracy’
The Scottish Government’s plans to transfer responsibility for school improvement to new regional bodies threaten to undermine local democracy, a senior Labour councillor has claimed.