‘Vary funding as required’
Local authorities have been told to vary the Government’s funding formula for schools if they feel the need to do so, the Department for Education’s top official has said.
£20m for sector-led kids’ services
The Department for Education (DfE) has signalled a major policy shift with a £20m investment for a new programme of sector-led improvement for children’s services.
Funding review ‘a priority’
The local government fair funding review is a priority and could be implemented by 2020/21, Whitehall insiders have suggested.
Sector’s ethnicity under government scrutiny
Councils have been warned they must ‘explain or change’ their record on ethnicity despite fresh data highlighting the sector’s strong performance in recruitment.
Ministers hand councils new education role
Scottish ministers have watered down plans to reduce council influence over schools.
Brum praised for tackling illegal schools
Ofsted’s chief inspector has praised Birmingham City Council for working with the regulator to tackle illegal schools.
Back to school: Give councils the powers they need
Place-based school planning and decision-making powers are currently not strong enough, argues Michael Bracey, so it’s time for the Government to empower councils to aid the schools.
Council slams multi-academy trusts' lack of accountability
Wakefield City Council has criticised the lack of accountability of academy trusts after an organisation that managed 21 schools in the city pulled out of its role.
EXCLUSIVE: London boroughs face £94m funding gap for SEN pupils
London boroughs are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as funding shortfalls meet increases in the numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), finance experts have warned.
London cannot continue to plug schools budgets with short-term fixes
Gerald Almeroth warns of a looming crisis in schools funding in London as growing shortfalls meet a continuing rise in pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN).
Training up the leaders of tomorrow
Andrew Muter talks about the unique approach Newark and Sherwood DC and its surrounding authorities are taking to develop talent.
Shropshire academy trust ready for launch
Shropshire Council is to launch its own multi-academy trust in the hope of maintaining an influence on education in the county.
School powers transfer ‘threat to local democracy’
The Scottish Government’s plans to transfer responsibility for school improvement to new regional bodies threaten to undermine local democracy, a senior Labour councillor has claimed.
Say, what’s her name?
Diary has been busy doing some hardcore investigative journalism.
Power for good in an uncertain world
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.
New school powers will hinder local accountability for Scots
New powers awarded to schools by the Scottish Government will erode local accountability, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned.
Equipping children for our diverse society
Yvette Thomas outlines how Buckinghamshire CC is partnering with the third sector to cut out racism and discrimination from an early age.
Time for some new school thinking?
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.
Gloucestershire leadership questioned in Ofsted report
Gloucestershire CC children’s services has been rated inadequate by Ofsted in a report that highlighted serious concerns about the council’s leadership.
May is now uniquely exposed to backbench revolts on public sector reforms
Michael Burton unpicks the numbers in the wake of the shock General Election result.