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Children in Wales are to have their Child Trust Funds topped up after a 5m investment by the Welsh Assembly Government.

A government review of the academy school programme could signal a retreat from the controversial reforms, according to teachers' unions and the Conservative Party.

Allowing teenagers to attend further education colleges from the age of 14 helps improve behaviour and has a positive impact on local communities, a National Foundation for Educational Research study has found.

Extended services get business skills

By Nancy Rowntree |

20 November 2007

Extended services are set for a boost with the introduction of two types of school business managers in primary schools.

Primary schools in Brighton and Hove are piloting a training programme to help children whose experience of abuse and neglect is preventing them from getting on at school.

Unions dismiss Conservative education plans

By Nancy Rowntree |

20 November 2007

Teaching unions have criticised Conservative Party proposals for parents, wealthy business people and charitable organisations to run schools, which they say will cause social segregation and insecurity.

Speech development campaign to target young people

By Helen Gilbert |

20 November 2007

A campaign designed to highlight the importance of children's speech, language and communication development is being expanded to include young people.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has published the evidence that will inform its plans to develop children's services.

Tory plan would give more independence to schools

By Nancy Rowntree |

19 November 2007

The Conservatives are proposing to give more schools independence from local authority control, using a model similar to the government's academies programme.

Junior children's minister Kevin Brennan has called on schools to work with youth offending teams and the police to tackle the most severe cases of cyberbullying.