• Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile

    20 December 2017

    A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.

  • Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

    22 November 2017

    Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

  • Funds, glorious funds!

    13 November 2017

    With chancellor Philip Hammond being lobbied from every direction pre-Budget, campaigners are having to come up with ever more imaginative ways of attracting his attention.

  • The smart search for finding city space for schools

    31 October 2017

    With an increase in school rolls and a shortage of land, urban local authorities are having to develop innovative new ways of finding extra space to accommodate new classes. A recent round table debate organised by The MJ and construction firm Morgan Sindall discussed the challenges and some solutions. Dan Peters reports on the discussion’s key conclusions.

  • Warning for councils after wall collapse

    03 October 2017

    Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from the Scottish Parliament.

  • Ministers hand councils new education role

    02 October 2017

    Scottish ministers have watered down plans to reduce council influence over schools.

  • White Van Man on ... PFI contracts

    27 September 2017

    When I was a lad my mum used to buy her sofas and fridges and washing machines on the never-never. You know, buy now, pay later, say a tenner a month for about three years by which time whatever you’d bought had fallen apart.

  • Brum praised for tackling illegal schools

    27 September 2017

    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

    13 September 2017

    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

    13 September 2017

    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

    01 September 2017

    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

    31 August 2017

    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).

  • Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS

    07 July 2017

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • A matter of trust

    14 June 2017

    Steve Crocker and Chris Whitehouse explain how the Isle of Wight, through its partnership with neighbouring Hampshire CC, has delivered dramatic improvements to its formerly failing services for children - without the need for a trust.

  • Time for some new school thinking?

    14 June 2017

    At a recent The MJ round table, council chief executives and senior managers met to discuss the role of local government in schools and the changing landscape of the education system. Dan Peters reports.

  • School place shortage is at crisis levels

    10 May 2017

    It is vitally important that greater collaboration between the private and public sector is fostered in order to face the uphill battle local authorities and schools have on their hands, wrights Mark Robinson.

  • Scrap private finance for public buildings, says Unite

    20 April 2017

    Trade union Unite has called for the use of private finance to build public buildings in Scotland to be scrapped.

  • Impact of academisation on authority pension funds requires ‘radical measures’

    11 April 2017

    Ministers have not ruled out ‘radical measures’ after a six-month review of the impact of academisation on council pension funds.

  • Budget 2017: Funding for new wave of free schools

    08 March 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has today confirmed a £320m funding package to build 110 new free schools.

  • Capital gains?

    28 February 2017

    Dan Corry looks at potential solutions to reinvesting in the buildings and equipment underpinning the country’s struggling public services.