In Depth


Spending the pupil premium wisely

National Audit Office wants schools to use more evidence-backed interventions to boost pupil attainment.


Adoption matchmaker: Andy Leary-May, Link Maker Systems chief executive

Derren Hayes meets Andy Leary-May, co-founder and chief executive of Link Maker Systems.

Youth work

Youth Work: 'Open-access youth work principles must be instilled into all services'

Increasing the contribution of volunteers and forming partnerships with other sector providers are two measures councils must develop if they are to make future youth provision available to all, says a leading academic.


States of play: how the UK nations approach children's play

National Playday highlights the importance of play in children's lives across the UK. As the event approaches, Emily Rogers examines how the sector is faring amid budget cuts and other challenges.

Two young people in deprived area

Will child poverty measurement changes see the problem ignored?

With the number of children living in poverty set to rise, campaigners warn the government's decision to scrap targets in the Child Poverty Act risks undermining efforts by welfare agencies to prioritise and tackle the problem.