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Local authorities knuckle down to raising the participation age

As 2011 drew to a close, the number of young people not in employment, education or training (Neet) hit its highest level since comparable records began. There are now almost 450,000 so-called Neets aged between 16 and 18, not to mention a further 700,000 aged between 19 and 24.

Are schools funding plans fair?

Government proposals to revise the formula used to decide school funding is meant to move money to more deprived areas, but critics say changes place too much emphasis on pupils with additional needs.

The good and the bad of SEND reforms

September marks five years since the Children and Families Act 2014 became law, heralding the biggest reforms to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in a generation.

Challenge to create pupil places

Pressure is mounting on the government to do more to help English local authorities create 700,000 additional school places estimated to be needed by 2025.