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NCS provider issues school segregation warning

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

23 March 2017

Segregation in English schools is an ongoing issue, with more than 40 per cent of schools contributing to the problem, a study by a major National Citizen Service provider has found.

There has been an eight per cent rise in health visitors reporting more children experiencing delayed language in the space of a single year, it has emerged.

Digital literacy should sit alongside reading, writing and arithmetic as the fourth pillar of a child's education and must feature as part of compulsory personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), peers have said.

Child protection arrangements and support for vulnerable pupils are at risk due to an overhaul of school funding, councils have warned.

Schools should only be rated "outstanding" by Ofsted if they can prove they are committed to tackling mental health problems and improving the emotional wellbeing of pupils, leading mental health experts have told MPs.

The Department for Education is drawing up plans to make it easier to identify children and young people who have caring responsibilities, with a cross-government strategy due to be published in the summer, children's minister Edward Timpson has confirmed.

The government has been criticised for failing to act on concerns within the childcare sector about funding for extended free provision, after no additional money to boost the flagship initiative was announced in today's Spring Budget.

Volunteer school mentor numbers top 1,300

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2017

More than 1,300 volunteer mentors are now working in schools across England as part of efforts to boost careers education, it has emerged.

Timpson announces £215m to improve school SEND facilities

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

06 March 2017

Councils are set to receive a slice of funding worth £215m to create more school places and improve facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), it has been announced.

Government to make SRE compulsory from 2019

By Neil Puffett |

01 March 2017

Sex and relationships education (SRE) will be made compulsory in all secondary schools, while all children in primary schools will be taught about healthy relationships, but not sex, the government has announced.