In Depth

Councils make SEND progress amid concerns over quality

It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.

Delays undermine asylum transfer scheme

Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.

Serious Violence Strategy: experts advocate earlier interventions

Amid a rise in knife crime, new Serious Violence Strategy is to fund projects working with young people at risk of involvement with gangs. But experts say work with children needs to be in universal settings and start earlier.

Will reception test be beneficial?

The government is to develop a rating of pupils' ability when they enter reception, but experts disagree on whether it will be a good measure of schools' work and improve the education that children receive.

More support for young carers

Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.

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