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The Conservative Party is proposing a voluntary six-week national citizen service programme for every school leaver.

Social Care: 'Education poverty gap' gets wider

By Sarah Cooper |

11 September 2007

The gulf between the GCSE results of looked-after children and children as a whole is growing, creating an "education poverty gap", according to the shadow children's minister.

Education: First trust schools develop self-esteem

By Nancy Rowntree |

11 September 2007

Children's charity Barnardo's is to start work to improve pupils' mental health and home life in several of the first wave of trust schools.

Health: Union 'appalled' at school nurse dearth

By Sarah Cooper |

11 September 2007

A school nurses' union has warned head teachers in a London borough that there are no qualified school nurses employed by the local primary care trust.

Brighton & Hove City Council is to look at how young people's medical and social needs can help reduce school exclusions.

Lambeth council has improved the educational standards of Portuguese speaking children by working with the local community to get information about education across.

The office of National Statistics (ONS) is to take schools' contributions to Every Child Matters outcomes into account when measuring educational productivity.

Missing children are not tracked

By Nancy Rowntree |

04 September 2007

Local authorities are failing to keep track of children missing from education despite being required to do so by law.

Children from Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire try out an environmentally-friendly play area with equipment made from renewable materials including recycled plastic milk bottles. The Primrose Hill playground was planned in collaboration with children and aims to make the most of renewable resources.

A group of 14 local authorities has teamed up with research agencies to look into the impact of integrated children's services on outcomes for children and young people.