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Aside from the speculation frenzy about a snap general election, there was a discernible shift in Labour's tone last week towards the nation's young. Cathy Wallace galloped round the conference fringe to sample the mood in the post-Blair era.

Environmental policy and discussions about Menzies Campbell's future as leader may have dominated the headlines but as Nancy Rowntree reports, getting children out of poverty was also a key focus at last week's Liberal Democrat conference.

Children's Secretary Ed Balls has launched an online campaign and guidance to crack down on cyberbullies - those who use text messages and emails to torment others. But will these new measures prove to be enough, asks Tristan Donovan.

While England starts to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage, in Wales pilots of the Foundation Phase, a new curriculum for children aged three to seven, are well under way. Cathy Wallace gauges the feedback from schools and nurseries.

Released under a storm of internal mud-slinging, the Conservatives' proposals for public services combine a throwback to Thatcherism with innovative ideas for education. They have gained a mixed reaction from the sector, as Cathy Wallace finds out.

Figures obtained by Children & Young People Now have revealed vast differences in how councils identify children missing from education while many are unable to provide any numbers, despite a legal duty to do so. Nancy Rowntree reports.