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