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Gypsy children suffering racism in schools, MPs told

By Joe Lepper |

13 September 2018

Racism in school is a major factor in the low attendance rates of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, experts have told MPs.

A shortage of secondary school places could leave nearly 134,000 children without a school to go to by 2023/24, local authorities have warned.

The Department for Education has pledged to honour funding awards through the European Union's Erasmus+ training and study programme for the next two years, even if there is a no deal Brexit.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds is to ask Ofsted to do more to recognise mainstream schools that excel in supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The futures of a generation of young people in England are being threatened by the government's piecemeal approach to careers advice, a union has warned.

Pupils with autistic spectrum disorders will be offered greater protection against school exclusion, after what campaigners are calling a "landmark" legal ruling.

The Civil Society Strategy has put youth work "back on the agenda" of government, children's services and local government leaders have said.

The government is to undertake a review of statutory guidance that requires local authorities to provide youth services under plans outlined in its long-awaited Civil Society Strategy.

Local government leaders are calling for an urgent review of funding for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) after a judicial review blocked a council's plans to impose £7m of budget cuts.

The government's early years strategy is blighted by a lack of evidence and no clear picture about what "high quality childcare" looks like, researchers have concluded.