Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

£2 million to aid Leicestershire’s children’s centres

Leicestershire County Council is planning to invest £2 million in a new Family Wellbeing Service to help keep more children’s centres open.

Bristol cabinet to consider proposal to keep all Libraries open

A report to Bristol City Council’s cabinet has recommended that all of Bristol’s 27 libraries should be retained.

Measures to halve childhood obesity announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a range of new measures to cut childhood obesity in half by 2030.

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers

Foster carers will receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for children in their care for the first time from September 2018.

30 hours free childcare causing huge challenges for nurseries

The impact of the 30 hours of funded childcare policy is causing huge challenges for nurseries, including growing deficits and additional administration.

Over 180 children placed on child protection plans daily

The LGA has found that more than 180 children are placed on child protection plans every day to keep them safe from harm.

Tackle underperformance in both academies and council-run schools

A new EPI report has found little difference in the performance of schools in academy chains and local authorities.

Children on track to consume double recommended sugar intake

New PHE figures have revealed that children in England have already consumed more than a year’s worth of sugar since January.

City of York Council plans for libraries future

The City of York Council is to consider proposals for the future development of its libraries and archives amongst budget pressures.

Better mental health support for children in care

Up to 10 pilots across the country will trial new high quality mental health assessments for children in care.

Homeless children being inappropriately housed

New research has revealed a disturbing picture of the impact that being housed illegally in unsuitable B&Bs is having on their lives.

Report confirms crisis in children’s social care

The Care Crisis Review has claimed that the children’s care sector is overstretched and overwhelmed.

Stark variation in regional adoption rates

New research shows that the chances of being placed for adoption by the age of five varies starkly by local authority.

Gaps in provision for millions of children in care

Almost half of the entire £8.6 billion children’s services budget in England is now spent on 73,000 children in the care system.

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