West Sussex's sugar reduction success
West Sussex CC has managed to cut the amount of sugar used in school dinners by almost 75% in four years, in collaboration with its main meals provider Chartwells, says Anna Raleigh
Pledges focus on what matters most to Londoners
London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners set out the aspirations the 32 boroughs and the City of London have agreed to work on together to improve the lives of all the capital’s residents, says Peter John.
No easy answers to knife crime
Public bodies should not have to be made to shoulder the responsibility for reporting gangs, writes Claire Fox. She says shifting the responsibility for this on to frontline workers is a wrong-headed distraction.
Council vows to challenge Government's data sharing rules
A Scottish council has vowed to challenge the Government’s restrictive rules on information sharing with local authorities.
Councils caught in the middle
Bob Neill says nailing down a robust framework to strengthen scrutiny is an essential part of the management and delivery of academies – and we still haven’t adequately filled the guardian role local authorities carry out for maintained schools
Aiken: Country facing biggest ever exploitation of children
London must take action to avoid losing an entire generation of young people, the leader of Westminster City Council has warned.
Give councils power to intervene over ‘zombie academies’ - Labour
The forced academisation of schools would end and councils would be empowered to take over failing academies under a Labour Government, the party has announced.
COSLA backs school libraries plan
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has endorsed a new school libraries strategy.
Back to school
Parents taking their kids out of school to go on holiday is a perennial problem for councils.
London boroughs: Our SEND budgets are unsustainable
Gerald Almeroth warns that councils in the capital are facing a growing shortfall in funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Scottish minister U-turns on education bill
The controversial Scottish education bill has been put on hold after a compromise was brokered with councils.
Sending a positive message
Stuart Gallimore welcomes the renewed focus on funding for special education needs and disabilities schooling – and the future benefits this will bring to young people – but warns that schools still have a balancing act to perform before cost pressures ease.
Put looked-after children in boarding schools, minister urges
Placing looked-after children in boarding schools can reduce costs as well as improve results, a new report has suggested.
Council warning after schools cash injection
Councils have warned that a £50m investment to create state-of-the-art school places for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) should not be a one-off cash injection.
Call for greater council oversight of academies
Ministers need to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or let councils oversee them, town halls have urged today.
Affluent parents can 'undermine' abuse investigations
City of London Council will train social workers to deal with affluent parents after research showed they can use their status to undermine abuse investigations.
Barnsley replaces Carillion with Amey
Barnsley MBC has awarded Amey the facilities management contract for 11 secondary schools, which was previously held by collapsed Carillion.
Edinburgh lashes out at partner managing schools
Edinburgh City Council’s chief executive has lashed out at a partner for failing to address safety concerns two years after schools in the city were gripped with fear about faulty construction.
Government bails out overspending Kingston
Kingston Upon Thames LBC has been handed £4.3m funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to help control large overspends on children with special educational needs (SENs).
Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile
A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.