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Interview: John Freeman, Raising Expectations Action Programme - Councils' learning mentor

"The biggest single set of challenges that local authorities have faced for 30 years." That's how John Freeman describes the 7bn transfer of funding from the Learning and Skills Council to local authorities in 2010. It will see local authorities take responsibility for commissioning learning for 16 to 19 year olds and sets the scene for raising the school leaving age to 18 by 2015.

Interview: Danielle Matheson, 12, young carer

The summer holidays are almost over and Danielle Matheson is looking forward to getting back into the classroom. "I really enjoy school. I like lessons like maths, drama and dance," exclaims the 12-year-old from Brighton.

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