The potential cost to council taxpayers of converting all schools to academies is £320 million, says the LGA.

Derbyshire County Council has introduced new rules which allow parents to take their children on holiday during term-time, so long has the child’s attendance over the previous 12 months is above 94 per cent.

Hundreds of nursery schools could close if the government presses ahead with plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, the NAHT has warned.

Ofsted has rated children services run by Wirral Council as ‘inadequate’, after an investigation found ‘widespread and serious failures’.

A group of foster care workers have voted to form the first ever trade union for the profession.

The control of education services in Slough is set to be returned to the powers of the council, after the Department for Education ordered that the children centres be run by Cambridge Education.

Durham County Council has offered a two-year compensation package to teaching assistants (TAs), following a row surrounding its plan to pay the region’s 2,700 TAs for 39 weeks instead of 52.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to issue councils with more powers to enable them to tackle illegal schools.

Essex County Council is set to spend approximately £85 million to create more than 400 new special school places across the county.

Girls growing up in certain regions of England have a much lower quality of life than others, according to analysis of official statistics.

An £80 million fund for England’s youth sector will help provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the expansion of grammar schools in England will be accompanied by conditions requiring them to accept a proportion of children from low-income families.

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that attempts to close and prosecute illegal faith schools are being hindered by councils concerned about upsetting community relations.

Children’s services operated by Sunderland Council have made significant progress, after Ofsted previously rated the services as inadequate.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for powers to allow local authorities to oversee academy budgets, following previous financial scandals.

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