EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks
Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.
Sunak warned of greater future costs without public service investment
Chancellor Rishi Sunak must swiftly invest in public services hit hardest by the pandemic or face much greater costs down the line, a report has warned.
Three priorities for the new education secretary
Donna Molloy of the Early Intervention Foundation outlines three priorities for the new secretary of state for education Nadhim Zahawi and says there’s a ‘window of opportunity’ for positive change.
Back to school?
Since schools returned to full capacity there has been focus on attendance, mental health and emotional wellbeing. But, argues Charlotte Ramsden, post-pandemic, the main concern must also be education recovery for all our children.
Using Match Trading to change local mindsets
Alastair Wilson explains how Match Trading grants can help local authorities grow a sustainable social economy.
SEND children being left behind by council
Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found.
School transport contractor axed over safeguarding concerns
Birmingham City Council said the contract had been terminated following a breach of terms.
‘Significant inequities’ in SEN funding exposed
Differences of tens of millions in funding were found in areas with similar demographics, a report for the SEN Policy Research Forum has found.
County poised to reject £15m grant
Senior Leicestershire CC councillors are poised to turn down £15m of Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) cash because the project represents ‘too great a financial risk’.
Government must get education right to 'level up'
How the Government manages school catch-up policy is closely linked to the levelling up agenda, says Andrew Carter of Centre for Cities. And it needs to ensure it gets education right for both children and adults, he adds.
Buckinghamshire’s break for success
Martin Tett looks at how Buckinghamshire Council’s unitary status removed some barriers to successfully responding to the COVID crisis and how it is now tackling residents’ mental health and wellbeing as it moves towards a greener future.
Call for council powers over school exclusions
Relations between schools and councils dominated an evidence-gathering session of the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Preventing young offenders signing up for a life sentence
Steve Ainsworth explores alternative ways to engage young people and help them turn their back on crime.
SEND funding boost of £280m announced
Councils will receive £280m to create new school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
School is the best place for all young people
Shaninga Marasha says our approach to school exclusions needs to be rethought if we’re serious about ‘building back better’.
Flexing practice in response to COVID in Surrey
Rachael Wardell reveals how promoting flexibility in Surrey CC’s usual practice is one of the biggest changes in the way children's services have responded to the impact of the pandemic.
Children’s tsar - Families should be at the centre of MPs’ plans
Radical reforms in the wake of the pandemic should include rebuilding a government department that looks more widely at children, schools and families, says the departing children’s tsar.
Guidance issued on school polling stations
Returning officers have been told schools used as polling stations should be given back for teaching the next day.
Councils to feed children during half-term
Local authorities have been told to fund free meals to schoolchildren during half-term week next month, prompting an outcry from the sector.
Councils resist pressure to reopen schools
Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.