£17 million DfE funding to improve children's services

The Department for Education has announced a £17 million package of support for councils to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

Lack of collaboration causing mental health ‘crisis point’

Too many young people are finding themselves at ‘crisis point’ before accessing mental health services because public services are not effectively working together.

Two-thirds of secondary schools increasing class sizes

Two-thirds of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the past two years.

Councils seek more funding for children’s social care

Leaders from across the north west have urged the Chancellor for further funding to tackle a growing crisis in children's social care.

Youth offending budget cuts threaten crime tackling efforts

The LGA has warned that recent success at tackling youth crime will be threatened unless the government maintains funding for preventing youth offending.

Increasing childcare costs undermining policies

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has revealed that the cost of childcare in Britain has surged to double the rate of inflation.

‘Flourishing’ children’s social care praised in Leeds

Ofsted inspectors have highlighted Leeds City Council’s services for children in care as ‘flourishing’.

Stalling academy plans causing problems for councils

It is taking longer than expected to turn under-performing schools into academies, causing ‘considerable variation’ across the country.

Inadequate provision of education services in Sunderland

Further education and skills training at Sunderland City Council has been deemed inadequate, with Ofsted warning of ‘radicalisation’ risks.

Glasgow to consider free school meals for P4 students

Approximately 6,000 children in Glasgow could benefit from a plan to provide free school dinners for all children in Primary 4.

Over 500 children's centres closed since 2010

Government figures have shown that local councils have closed more than 500 children’s centres since 2010.

Air pollution sessions for Oxford students

Oxford City Council has published an educational toolkit for its schools to better children’s understanding of the causes and impact of air pollution.

Public sector cuts limiting FM outsourcing potential

A study has found that growth in facilities management outsourcing has been limited by cuts in public sector budgets.

Half of council-helped children experience abuse

The LGA has warned that half of children who are assessed as ‘in need of extra help’ by councils have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.

Worcestershire approves SEND Strategy

Worcestershire County Council has approved its SEND Strategy for 2017-2021 to improve outcomes for children with SEND needs.

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