More men encouraged to join early-years profession

A new government-backed programme is encouraging men to start careers in nurseries and early years settings.

Provision for school special needs cut by over £1bn

Special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2 billion because of shortfalls in funding increases from central government since 2015.

Funding to enhance school facilities for community use

A £15 million fund will be available to local authorities and schools in Wales to fund projects that cater for the local community.

Thousands of children taught in illegal schools

Ofsted has revealed the scale of the problem of unregistered schools in England, uncovering more than 500 suspected illegal schools.

Housing development to help finance school places

New guidance will support councils to negotiate what funding is required from housing developers for new schools and school expansions.

Over 12,000 school classrooms needed by 2022

New research has revealed that an additional 12,835 school classrooms will be needed in England by 2021/2022 in order to meet rising demand.

Postcode lottery for children’s mental health services

More than a third of local areas in England have reduced real terms spending on low level children’s mental health services.

£84 million for projects that support families

Children in and on the edge of care will benefit from £84 million of new investment for projects designed to strengthen and support families.

First Somerset Community Library Partnerships signed

Somerset County Council has announced six ‘Community Library Partnerships’ have recently been signed.

Teacher recruitment service set to save schools millions

The government has launched a new recruitment site called 'Teaching Vacancies' where schools can advertise vacant roles.

Rise in young children taught in Pupil Referral Units

The number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units more than doubled since 2011.

New register for home-educated children likely

The government is reportedly consulting on plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home.

Public sector gender pay gap widens

Latest figures have shown that the public sector has failed to narrow its gender pay gap this year.

Children’s Commissioner calls for home education register

The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for a compulsory home education register after raising concerns about the increasing number of children who are being educated at home.

Gloucestershire budget to invest in children’s services

Gloucestershire County Council’s budget for 2019/20 will see almost £11 million extra invested into children’s services.

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