Call for councils to strengthen their involvement with the Armed Forces Covenant
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
A Scottish council has vowed to challenge the Government’s restrictive rules on information sharing with local authorities.
Councils caught in the middle
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
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
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
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has endorsed a new school libraries strategy.
Back to school
Parents taking their kids out of school to go on holiday is a perennial problem for councils.
London boroughs: Our SEND budgets are unsustainable
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
The controversial Scottish education bill has been put on hold after a compromise was brokered with councils.
Sending a positive message
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.