• 'Systemic and persistent' failures in council's children's services

    20 September 2017

    Worcestershire CC has said it has invested an extra £5.1m into improving children’s social care this year after a damning report from a government commissioner.

  • Sector-led approach shows results for kids’ services

    20 September 2017

    A new approach to sector-led improvement for children’s services could be announced next month, The MJ understands.

  • A new hope for children’s services?

    13 September 2017

    At a crucial and at times troubling period for children’s services, and with new Ofsted leadership in place, Dan Peters looks at the current state of play as councils continue to grapple with inspection, improvement and, in some cases, intervention.

  • Rotherham wins back more control

    13 September 2017

    Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.

  • Croydon scolded for children's services performance

    04 September 2017

    Croydon LBC has failed to improve children’s services quickly enough, according to a damning report from Ofsted.

  • ‘Effectiveness’ rating set for Ofsted inspections axe

    30 August 2017

    Ofsted could drop its overall effectiveness ratings from its children’s services inspection reports, The MJ understands.

  • 'Slow' progress council to create children's services company

    31 July 2017

    Reading Council has announced plans to transfer its failing children’s services to a council-owned company after inspectors noted improvements were not happening fast enough.

  • Horwood gets interim MD role

    26 July 2017

    Waverley BC has appointed an interim managing director and head of paid service.

  • Ofsted praises Norfolk’s improvements

    12 July 2017

    Norfolk CC’s new children’s services leadership team has ‘maintained its momentum and is driving change with a real sense of urgency,’ Ofsted has found.

  • Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS

    07 July 2017

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • Power for good in an uncertain world

    05 July 2017

    Six months into her term as Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman speaks about the watchdog’s role in children’s services improvement and offers some messages for those in the sector. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Ofsted chief counters ‘smash and grab’ claims

    05 July 2017

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has defended the watchdog’s approach and the impact of negative judgements amid a cascade of criticisms from local authority bosses.

  • Ofsted criticises Reading for slow improvement

    30 June 2017

    Reading BC is failing to improve its services to children and young people quickly enough, inspectors have reported.

  • A matter of trust

    14 June 2017

    Steve Crocker and Chris Whitehouse explain how the Isle of Wight, through its partnership with neighbouring Hampshire CC, has delivered dramatic improvements to its formerly failing services for children - without the need for a trust.

  • Time for some new school thinking?

    14 June 2017

    At a recent The MJ round table, council chief executives and senior managers met to discuss the role of local government in schools and the changing landscape of the education system. Dan Peters reports.

  • Ofsted ratings need improvement

    14 June 2017

    A children’s services troubleshooter has questioned Ofsted’s rating system, claiming the ‘requires improvement’ category has become a ‘default judgement’.

  • Inadequate rating for Gloucestershire

    14 June 2017

    Gloucestershire CC children’s services has been rated inadequate by Ofsted in a report that highlighted serious concerns about the council’s leadership.

  • Gloucestershire leadership questioned in Ofsted report

    13 June 2017

    Gloucestershire CC children’s services has been rated inadequate by Ofsted in a report that highlighted serious concerns about the council’s leadership.

  • Education storm brewing

    06 June 2017

    Since Diary last wrote about cult film Sharknado back in 2013, there have been four more movies in the series.

  • Solid progress

    10 May 2017

    Dave Hill talks about improvement in children’s services and his role as a commissioner in the Government’s intervention of struggling councils. Dan Peters reports