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Youth unemployment: the solutions exist

We have seen the headlines screaming at us that one in five young people are jobless, that youth unemployment has hit a "record high" and that the problem is now a "national crisis".

Parents know best -- but only some of the time

Since the 1978 Warnock Report on special educational needs (SEN), there has been a vast amount of legislation, regulation and guidance, with amendment piled on amendment to try to make the creaking system work better.

Can good services remain standing?

Like the suffocating drone of vuvuzelas, cuts continue to dominate the atmosphere in the children's services arena and in public services more generally.

Less money, but much more purpose

The Association of Directors of Children's Services' (ADCS) policy paper, which outlines some priorities to Education Secretary Michael Gove, is compelling and constructive in how the sector can do more with less while meeting government objectives.

No easy answers in 21st century learning

UK Youth hosted a conference at Windsor Castle at the end of November on the future of learning. Chaired by yours truly, it sought to examine and debate what kinds of learning young people need for the 21st century, including "non-formal" learning.

Why earning doesn't live up to learning

There is a growing tension between political exhortations to young people to study longer and harder and young people's own experiences of disappointment and frustration about the pay-off from that investment.

Policy into practice - Parents in schools

The issue: Parental involvement in their children's education is vital. However, in today's busy world, where complex pressures and hectic schedules can make active involvement challenging, we need to think creatively about how to make this happen.

Editorial: Hard work begins on 16-19 transfer

The children's services arena is about to get considerably bigger. From next April, local authorities will inherit responsibility from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for commissioning and funding education and training for 16- to 19-year-olds in a 7bn mega-transfer of funds. One of the key principles driving this reform is that provision of education and training is shaped by local demand, both by young people and by employers. The onus will be on councils to plan strategically to ensure a range of providers is set up to meet this demand.

Policy into practice - Special educational needs

The issue: It is estimated that more than 1.5 million children in the UK today have some form of special educational need (SEN), such as a learning difficulty or disability that makes it harder for them to learn or access education than their peers. The majority of these children are placed in mainstream schools, where government policy states they should receive a broad, well-balanced and relevant education.

Social mobility and selection do not mix

Hard on the heels of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report The State of Child Health, which showed the strong links between poverty and poor health outcomes, the Social Mobility Commission has done the same for education with low-income pupils' progress at secondary school.

Education cuts undermine SEND reforms

An Ofsted report into the support (or lack of) for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)published in December was reported as a "national scandal". True. But who's to blame?

Funding and fairness key to schools debate

The speech by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner to the Labour party conference was strong on principle - whatever your view of academies, she has come out strongly in support of a particular vision of education.

An alternative approach to helping looked-after children gain good grades

When middle-class children fall behind at school, the parental response is often special tutoring. In London, tutoring for secondary school admission is a substantial industry, and in Birmingham almost all children being put in for grammar school tests are tutored. I'm not judging this, by the way, I was tutored (fruitlessly) for my French O-level; and we paid for extra music lessons whenever needed.

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