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  • Councils face £26m shortfall in free school meals pledge
    A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) of around 75 councils found the government’s £150m funding package to carry out necessary improvements to primary school kitchens is not enough and that…
    Wednesday 20 August 2014
  • Prime Minister’s commitment to Family Life
    Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a range of measures focused on supporting family life, including the introduction of a ‘family test’ to examine the impact of government policies on family…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • Troubled Families scheme extended
    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced details of an expansion to the government’s Troubled Families programme, including working with pre-school children. Work will begin this year in 51 local authority…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • MP Sam Gyimah new role to support children's mental health services
    Childcare minister Sam Gyimah will have responsibility for strengthening Department for Education links with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The move comes a month after the government announced…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • New school league tables
    Head teachers in England want to publish their own school league tables that will include information on things such as music and sport as well as exam results. This would…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Young people warn against opening up family courts
    A study by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) exploring the degree to which children and young people have a right to…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • 'Mistaken beliefs' on information sharing hold back safeguarding work
    The Home Office have published a report about multi-agency information sharing models. The models, the most common of which is referred to as a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), aim to…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Early years apprentice framework adds GCSE requirements
    Entry standards for the new early years apprenticeship will require applicants to hold English and maths GCSE grades A* to C. Skills for Care said interim entry requirements will take…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Play - health and social benefits
    The Children’s Play Policy Forum has released a report to mark national Playday which outlines latest evidence showing the benefits of play on children’s health, education and wellbeing. The report…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Investigation of the impact of family immigration rules
    The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has launched an investigation into the harm family immigration rule changes are causing to children. Maggie Atkinson, children’s commissioner is concerned the…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Free schools fail to enrol most disadvantaged pupils
    A study by the Institute of Education found Free schools are failing to admit the most disadvantaged pupils in their areas. Analysing the pupil intake of 88 primary and 63…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • YJB moves to improve services for girls who offend
    The Youth Justice Board is calling on youth offending teams (YOTs) to revise the way they work with female offenders following recent research which shows that the relatively low number…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Council to have powers to tackle extremism in childcare
    Nicky Morgan the Education Secretary has announced that she wants to introduce new regulations allowing councils to refuse to fund providers that they believe promote extremist views. Under the plans,…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Offenders to pay more towards victim support services
    The government has made plans to charge young offenders a victim surcharge if they are sentenced to prison in a magistrates’ court. The plan is to make criminals pay up…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • DfE approves childminder agencies
    The Department for Education has confirmed that childminder agencies will be introduced in September. Under the plans, childminders will have the option of registering with and being inspected by Ofsted.

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    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Knowledge test for social workers
    The government has announced that new children’s social workers will have to pass a test of their knowledge in order to become an approved practitioner. They say that this will…
    Thursday 07 August 2014
  • Poor quality of serious case reviews
    The first annual report of the National Panel of Independent Experts on Serious Case Reviews states that the quality of child death reviews are “disturbingly variable” with far too many…
    Thursday 07 August 2014
  • LAs need to improve childcare provision for disadvantaged families
    A Citizens advice bureau study of early year’s provision -  The Practicalities of Childcare report found that childcare options for low-income families are often narrow, hard to access and of poor quality. …
    Wednesday 30 July 2014
  • Better pupil support cuts exclusions
    The Department for Education’s have carried out a three-year School Exclusion Trial which found that giving schools more responsibility for arranging support for pupils at risk of exclusion cuts the number of…
    Wednesday 30 July 2014
  • More health visitors needed
    More than 1,800 health visitors need to be recruited within 12 months in order for the government to achieve its five-year pledge to boost numbers within the profession. The coalition…
    Wednesday 30 July 2014