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Extra-curricular activities, particularly music and sport, are three times more likely to be accessed by children from high-income households than their less well-off peers, a study has shown.

Schools are experiencing a "crisis of confidence" to provide adequate special needs support as increasing demand and rising costs have put the sector under significant financial strain, MPs have warned.

The chair of the parliamentary Opportunity Areas inquiry remains "unconvinced" about the effectiveness of the £72m programme, he states in a letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

Local services will be judged on how they respond jointly to children's mental ill health in new themed area inspections, Ofsted has announced.

Public sector organisations will be legally bound to work together to tackle serious violence including knife crime under a new duty announced by the government.

Government plans to increase scrutiny of home education, including the creation of local registers of home-schooled children, do not go far enough, council chiefs have warned.

A £9.3m national rollout of a mental health training scheme is aiming to better support students through their schools and colleges.

A national shortage of teachers is affecting disadvantaged areas hardest with school staff warning that it is hitting the quality of poorer pupils' education, research by the Sutton Trust suggests.

The next round of area inspections of special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision could have greater involvement of social care services, according to Ofsted's social care chief.

Children as young as seven are being used to move drugs for organised gangs, according to new research from The Children's Society.