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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.

A number of charities are joining forces to launch a campaign to press the government for better support for disabled children.

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.

Steep drops in health visitor and school nurse numbers

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 March 2017

The number of health visitors has fallen by nearly 900 in the space of a year, while there has also been a significant fall in the number of school nurses, it has emerged.

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.

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.

Health visitor checks to remain mandatory

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

02 March 2017

Children will continue to receive mandatory checks from health visitors, the Department of Health (DH) has confirmed following a review of the policy.

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.

£415m 'sugar tax' cash available for school mental health support

By Colette Flowerdew-Kincaid |

28 February 2017

Around £415m of funding being handed to schools as a result of the so-called "sugar tax" could be spent improving support for young people with mental or physical health problems, Education Secretary Justine Greening has said.

DfE set to announce plans to make SRE compulsory

By Neil Puffett |

28 February 2017

The Department for Education is set to announce plans to make sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory in English schools, CYP Now understands.