• Councils to feed children during half-term

    15 January 2021

    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

    04 January 2021

    Scores of councils have raised concerns over the return of primary school pupils to classrooms amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

  • Sector frustration as tougher restrictions arrive

    21 December 2020

    Council leaders have expressed frustration after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions across parts of the country the week before Christmas.

  • Government issues legal threats to councils and schools

    15 December 2020

    Councils this week clashed with the Government over whether to shut schools amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Jenrick outlines fast track planning service for public buildings

    04 December 2020

    Councils will have a legal duty to make decisions on new schools and hospitals within 10 weeks under reforms to the planning system.

  • Councils still hungry for cash despite winter grant scheme

    24 November 2020

    Councils that want to use the new £170m COVID winter grant scheme to stop children going hungry during school holidays may need more cash, the Government has been told.

  • Government stop-gap on SEND deficits

    17 November 2020

    Treasurers have welcomed a second government attempt to deal with spiralling special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits but have stressed it is ‘not sustainable’.

  • Councils step in after government rejects Rashford campaign

    23 October 2020

    Councils around the country have quickly stepped in after the Government voted against providing free school meals to families who need them over half-term.

  • Pulling children out of poverty

    06 October 2020

    Poverty is not inevitable or ‘someone else’s problem’. President of the ADCS Jenny Coles looks at the future of the 200,000 more children who will face poverty in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Auditors poised to qualify accounts over SEND

    24 September 2020

    Auditors are poised to qualify some value for money opinions as a result of spiralling special educational needs and disabilities deficits, The MJ understands.

  • Inspiring a new generation

    14 September 2020

    Future First works with state schools and colleges to link young people with alumni and employers, making it the perfect fit this year as the official charity for the The MJ Awards, says Nancy Scott.

  • Doing our best for Calderdale’s kids

    14 September 2020

    Robin Tuddenham says a cautious approach to schools opening earlier in the year has made the full return of pupils this month ‘a collaborative effort built upon respect’.

  • Criticised council makes SEND investment

    02 September 2020

    Bristol City Council has pledged to spend £29m on capital works to boost services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • High hopes for high needs

    30 August 2020

    IMPOWER has published a list of the best performing councils on high needs. Leo Jones takes a look at who's on it and at what makes them so good.

  • The problem with averages

    30 August 2020

    In the aftermath of the exams disaster it should sound obvious that the individual matters, says Dan Corry – but it is a point missed out far too often in policy analysis.

  • Government makes exam grades U-turn

    18 August 2020

    The education secretary has bowed to public pressure and announced students will receive teacher-assessed grades.

  • Government relaxes recovery plan demand

    17 August 2020

    The Government has scrapped its requirement for all councils with a cumulative dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficit of more than 1% to submit a recovery plan.

  • Mayor takes legal action over A-levels

    17 August 2020

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to begin legal proceedings against the exams watchdog over its handling of A-level results.

  • Council services to move to joint venture

    31 July 2020

    Derbyshire CC’s cleaning, caretaking and building design services will be transferred to joint venture companies run with Suffolk CC from next month.

  • Call for exercise boom to continue

    08 July 2020

    Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.