• Call for councils to strengthen their involvement with the Armed Forces Covenant

    03 July 2019

    Leader of Warwickshire CC Izzie Seccombe has outlined a number of ways to boost the role local government can play in strengthening the Armed Forces Covenant .

  • High needs kids: which councils are best?

    03 July 2019

    The system for children with special educational needs is not working. Leo Jones argues that no-one seems to have asked what outcomes were achieved or what value the money has brought – until now

  • Time to reassess children’s mental health

    28 June 2019

    In over a third of local areas spending on children’s low-level mental health services dropped in real terms between 2016/17 and 2018/19. Charlotte Levey says councils need to work alongside health partners to prioritise vital provision.

  • Promoting healthy minds for children

    26 June 2019

    Following a successful partnership bid to NHS England for funding to improve children’s mental health provision, South Tyneside is now a trailblazer site, says John Pearce, enabling the area to enter a ‘new and exciting’ phase.

  • Shaping careers for the nation

    18 June 2019

    Tees Valley Combined Authority has been awarded a Careers Hub extension after being involved in the Department for Education’s first national pilot to improve careers support for young people. Ben Houchen outlines the region’s winning approach.

  • Street smart

    18 June 2019

    Hackney LBC is rolling out School Streets – a ban on traffic outside schools around pick-up and drop-off times – and has designed a free toolkit to help other councils through the process of introducing the policy. Kim Wright explains.

  • Free meals in the school holidays to relieve the inequalities burden

    14 June 2019

    Leader of South Tyneside Council Iain Malcolm says free meals will be provided across the borough for three days during the middle weeks of the school summer holidays.

  • Council schools more likely to retain good ratings - LGA

    22 May 2019

    Local authority schools are more likely to retain a good or outstanding Ofsted rating than those that converted to academies, a report from the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested.

  • West Sussex's sugar reduction success

    20 May 2019

    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

    23 April 2019

    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

    09 April 2019

    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

    02 April 2019

    A Scottish council has vowed to challenge the Government’s restrictive rules on information sharing with local authorities.

  • Councils caught in the middle

    13 February 2019

    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

    17 November 2018

    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

    24 September 2018

    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

    10 September 2018

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has endorsed a new school libraries strategy.

  • Back to school

    13 August 2018

    Parents taking their kids out of school to go on holiday is a perennial problem for councils.

  • London boroughs: Our SEND budgets are unsustainable

    30 July 2018

    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

    27 June 2018

    The controversial Scottish education bill has been put on hold after a compromise was brokered with councils.

  • Sending a positive message

    27 June 2018

    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.