• Councils looking after record 576,000 children with SEND

    13 June 2024

    Councils are looking after record numbers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Counties call for action in key election battlegrounds

    28 May 2024

    Simon Edwards outlines CCN members' asks of the General Election contenders ahead of polling day with the launch of its Manifesto for Counties.

  • Unlocking the potential of technology-enabled care

    20 May 2024

    Robert Turnbull and Alyson Scurfield look at how to build the investment case for technology-enabled care. An investment case must clearly and convincingly answer four questions, they believe.

  • SEND improvement notice for London borough

    02 May 2024

    Bexley LBC has been issued with an improvement notice ordering it to make improvements to its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Wanted: A cross-party view on SEND

    16 April 2024

    The unwillingness of either of the Government contenders to make future SEND spending commitments risks the problem not getting the pre-election focus it requires, says Greg Clark

  • Clark: Tories and Labour unwilling to address SEND crisis

    15 April 2024

    Labour and the Conservatives have been accused of an ‘unwillingness’ to confront the crisis in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services.

  • An uplifting social alliance

    26 March 2024

    Young people with learning disabilities want to work, but more supported internships are needed. To coincide with National Supported Internship Day, The MJ and DFN Project SEARCH held a round table debate to discuss how local authorities can help. Mark Whitehead reports.

  • Warwickshire probe over councillor SEND comments

    07 February 2024

    Warwickshire CC has launched an investigation after a video showed councillors making disparaging remarks about children with special educational needs.

  • SEND soars ahead in Herts

    05 February 2024

    Hertfordshire CC’s system-wide approach has made SEND everyone’s business, writes Hero Slinn.

  • MPs demand fundamental reform of council funding

    31 January 2024

    The Government has been urged by a cross-party committee of MPs to address the ‘out-of-control financial crisis’ gripping councils.

  • Stockton’s winning digital formula

    31 January 2024

    Stockton BC scooped the digital transformation award at The MJ Awards for its innovative approach to creating quality education, health and care plans. Cllr Lisa Evans reflects on the achievement.

  • Lyons: Where are we now?

    23 January 2024

    The Lyons review of local government was published 17 years ago. If the inquiry recommendations had been put in place, would local government be in the position it is now? The MJ gathered a panel of experts – including Sir Michael Lyons – to ask just that. Michael Burton reports.

  • SEND school transport’s impossible situation

    23 January 2024

    Suzanne Smith and Ann Carruthers set out recommendations to government from a report highlighting the unsustainable pressures councils face from the cost of providing SEND school transport.

  • Stormy waters ahead

    08 January 2024

    Mark Conrad talks to three major groups of councils about what the provisional finance settlement means for each of them, and he considers the outlook for 2025 and beyond.

  • Partnerships will unlock potential of Oxfordshire’s children

    28 November 2023

    Children and young people are at the heart of Oxfordshire’s partnership approach – a shared vision to give them the very best start in life, says Cllr John Howson.

  • Councils call for emergency school transport funding

    20 November 2023

    ‘Spiralling’ transport costs for children with special educational needs are threatening the financial stability of England’s largest councils, according to a report.

  • Counties will once again be turning to the chancellor for emergency funding

    30 October 2023

    The Association of County Chief Executives will be supporting the County Councils’ Network on putting forward robust proposals for reforms in both children’s services and in home-to-school transport, says Joanna Killian.

  • Statutory direction for Slough BC

    08 August 2023

    Slough BC has received a statutory direction from the Government after failing to improve its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Record number of education, health and care plans made

    19 June 2023

    A record number of new education, health and care (EHC) plans were made last year, latest figures have shown.

  • Bristol council faces 'huge financial risk'

    25 May 2023

    Bristol City Council has been warned it must take urgent action over the spiralling cost of special educational needs and disabilities.