• SEND soars ahead in Herts

    05 February 2024

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

  • London Councils call for greater powers over pupil numbers

    30 January 2024

    London’s boroughs want powers to direct academy schools to slash pupil numbers, after research indicated reduced demand of 8,000 school places by 2028.

  • 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.

  • Putting RAAC front of mind

    20 November 2023

    With a shake up in the Cabinet, reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) cannot slip down the agenda, and the problem isn’t contained to schools and hospitals, says Mark Robinson.

  • 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.

  • Solving the school run

    05 October 2023

    Contrary to popular opinion, active travel isn’t the only answer to school run congestion - data can help too, says Pooya Kamvari. 

  • A working ecosystem needs a local base

    03 October 2023

    Local authorities are the natural fulcrum for a dynamic, flexible and responsive skills ecosystem, and political parties must be pushed harder to commit to achieving this, says Professor Graeme Atherton.

  • Call for national mental health support team rollout

    18 September 2023

    A top children’s services director has called for the ‘very highly regarded’ mental health support teams (MHST) model to be rolled out across the country.

  • Serving up a food strategy

    04 September 2023

    Local authorities are increasingly playing a more prominent role in creating healthy, sustainable food systems, says Leticija Petrovic.

  • Partnerships are the key to creating healthy environments

    08 August 2023

    Districts have a responsibility to support health services and provide the kinds of environments and opportunities in which good health comes naturally, says Gill Kneller.

  • Review uncovers ‘gross incompetence’ at Renfrewshire

    16 June 2023

    Renfrewshire Council has been accused of ‘gross incompetence’ by an independent review after leaving a village short of hundreds of school places.

  • Scrap proposed infrastructure levy, council leaders say

    16 June 2023

    Council leaders and developers have written to local government secretary Michael Gove criticising the Government’s proposed infrastructure levy.

  • New ADCS chief calls for cross-government children's plan

    18 April 2023

    The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has reiterated his organisation’s previous calls for a cross-government ‘ambitious strategic plan’ for children.

  • Tackling the digital skills gap in Leeds

    04 April 2023

    Martyn Long outlines how the Growing Talent Digital Leeds programme is supporting young people to understand and pursue rewarding jobs, and playing a part in ensuring the city’s long-term success.

  • A focus on early and evidence-based SEND provision

    10 March 2023

    Staffordshire CC is set to launch an enhanced Educational, Health Care Needs Assessment pathway that ensures needs are met. Halit Hulusi explains.

  • Solving the SEND puzzle

    07 March 2023

    We must press Government to not lose sight of the key principles in the Schools White Paper if we are to progress with reform to the SEND system, says Steve Crocker.

  • New SEND plan fails on ‘fundamental’ issues, say council leaders

    02 March 2023

    The Government’s new plan to help support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) fails to address the ‘fundamental issues’ faced by local authorities, according to council leaders.

  • Ban on teacher redundancies will shift cuts

    06 February 2023

    A moratorium on reducing teacher numbers in Scotland will only lead to service cuts elsewhere, a think-tank has said.

  • MATs are local and need to be civic players

    12 January 2023

    Research on multi-academy trusts highlights that most are locality based, despite 20 years of attempts to create a national system. Jonathan Crossley-Holland looks at how to build on this.

  • Stepping up to support resettlement in Staffs

    13 December 2022

    John Henderson explains how Staffordshire CC is taking on the continuing challenges of both Homes for Ukraine and resettlement more generally. He says unmet health needs are the most pressing issue.