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MPs have criticised the government's free schools programme, accusing ministers of failing to get to grips with the importance of providing school places where they are needed.

Children's sector leaders are urging political parties to use the Prime Minister's snap general election announcement as an opportunity to prioritise children and young people's issues.

Nearly three-quarters of children in care have experienced a change in school, home or social worker over a 12-month period, data collated by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England has shown.

One in three head teachers have said they have used funding intended to boost outcomes for disadvantaged pupils to plug gaps in their school's budgets.

The government has said it wants schools to engage with parents in order to decide whether children should be taught about sex from an early age. 

Councils need to bolster their role in shaping local education to ensure schools are supporting their areas' most vulnerable children, new Association of Directors of Children's Services president Alison Michalska has said.

All primary school children in England will receive free school meals if Labour wins the next general election, the party's leader has announced.

Breakfast clubs 'under threat' from school funding squeeze

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 April 2017

The chief executive of a government-funded breakfast club programme has urged head teachers not to cut back on providing the free meals to pupils, after a study showed most schools cannot afford to finance the provision.

There is little evidence that peer support in schools has a positive impact on the mental health of young people taking part, a study commissioned by the Department for Education has found.

Controversial tests for seven-year-olds could be scrapped after the government announced a review.