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The Department for Education is to plough an extra £31.6m into educational psychology training after it emerged that two thirds of councils are struggling to fill vacant roles.

A group of more than 30 healthy food campaigners are calling on the government to bring in proposals it made almost three years ago to rate schools on how well they are promoting children's health and combating obesity.

'Passionate leadership and fewer targets' key to early help success

By Gabriella Jozwiak and Joanne Parkes |

20 March 2019

Passionate leadership, a clear vision, and a small number of focused targets are among 16 "key enablers" identified by research looking at what makes an early help offer successful.

A group of parents have lost their high court challenge over £21m of potential cuts to special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding by Surrey County Council.

The government must target investment towards employment-focused youth services to address crime at its roots, sector leaders have urged.

A panel of mental health experts will look at ways of helping teachers deal with the pressures of the job, to boost the Department for Education's proposed recruitment and retention strategy.

Stronger multi-agency partnerships are needed to support schools to deal with knife crime, according to new research from Ofsted.

Hartlepool SEND provision faces DfE intervention

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

14 March 2019

Hartlepool is facing Department for Education intervention in its special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services, after inspectors found ongoing "serious weaknesses".

The government needs to put in place a national strategy to address failures in support for the wider children's workforce, according to children's services bosses.

Hinds announces SEND free schools

By Joanne Parkes |

11 March 2019

Dozens of new schools are to be opened across the country to cater for pupils facing challenges in mainstream education, the government announced today.