• Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

    16 January 2020

    Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.

  • Let's put investment into our school buildings

    15 January 2020

    Schools capital allocations have been skewed by political priorities, says Gary Fielding As a result, North Yorkshire CC 'find ourselves with swathes of the country having insufficient places to meet demand and/or poor building conditions'.

  • Sutton set to take full ownership of outsourced education company

    09 January 2020

    An independent report has found that the company had ‘moved away’ from the council’s ‘ambitions and values’.

  • A gap that will prove hard to close

    09 January 2020

    Dan Peters investigates the scale of the funding challenge faced by the 32 councils told by the Government to bring their SEND funding deficit back into balance within three years.

  • ‘We must do more than tinker at the edges’

    09 January 2020

    The system needs a truly sustainable multi-year financial settlement to ensure children and young people with SEND get the support they need, argues Phil Norrey.

  • Bristol is the first city worldwide to adopt a Period-Friendly Places model

    20 December 2019

    Cllr Helen Godwin explains how Bristol is tackling the issue of period poverty - becoming the world’s first city to adopt a Period-Friendly Places model.

  • YPO agrees £50m Findel purchase

    17 December 2019

    The public sector procurement company has struck a deal to buy rival Findel Education.

  • The importance of an early start

    11 December 2019

    With concerns of underfunding remaining in the childcare sector, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Rachel Dickinson outlines what she would like to see from future early years policies.

  • Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.

  • It’s party time

    03 December 2019

    With just a week to polling day, the race to form the next Government is nearly over. Here Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

  • Ofsted reform plans come under fire

    02 December 2019

    Proposals to intensify the inspection regime for schools have been attacked by teaching unions.

  • We’ll give power back to the people

    27 November 2019

    As the General Election looms, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson outlines the key commitments the party has focused on – and is adamant strong leadership at a national level will boost local powers for the future.

  • Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

    26 November 2019

    An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

  • Brum wins battle to ban anti LGBT protests

    26 November 2019

    Birmingham City Council has won a court battle to permanently ban anti-LGBT protests outside a local primary school.

  • Reflecting on the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004

    22 November 2019

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president, vice president and past presidents reflect on the successes of the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004, and what has changed since they became law.

  • Lib Dems to 'end continual erosion' of council funding

    20 November 2019

    Lib Dems would ‘end the continual erosion’ of local government funding if they win power at the General Election, the party’s manifesto has pledged.

  • 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.