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Local authorities are struggling to transfer all children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to new education, health and care (EHC) plans by the April deadline, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has made a renewed plea for greater powers to tackle unregistered schools, amid concerns children's safety is being put at risk.

Government plans to improve mental health support for young people represent a missed opportunity because they fail to acknowledge that many problems they face are the result of public spending cuts, a group representing psychologists has said.

The government has announced extra funding to help councils cover the cost of extending support for children in care and care leavers.

Social media companies should be made to publish data on how well they are dealing with online bullying, according to an inquiry.

Corbyn calls for national action on life skills

By Sophie Eminson |

20 February 2018

Young people should get more help to develop life skills and manage their emotions as part of efforts to improve their prospects, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Ofsted is to write to more than 100 head teachers across eight exclusion "hot spots", to raise concerns about the high number of pupils being removed from schools in their area.

Health, education and council chiefs in Medway have been criticised by inspectors for failing to work together to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Every secondary school in the country should be handed funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils, local authorities have said.

Government plans to improve employment advice will fail to offer help to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, careers guidance experts have warned.