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Sector hits out at special needs report

By Nancy Rowntree |

30 October 2007

A report by MPs urging the government to separate the assessment and funding of special educational needs has sparked controversy within the sector.

Truancy levels rose slightly in secondary schools in England this year, latest figures reveal.

Academy schools must start opening up their facilities for use by the whole community, an influential cross-party committee of MPs said last week.

The Brathay Hall Trust has won a three-year contract to lead a multi-agency team development programme to help integrate children's services in northern England.

A local authority in the North East is developing a specific contract for all children and young people in the area outlining exactly what they can expect of services and what is expected of them.

The UK Youth Parliament has launched a manifesto outlining the most pressing issues for young people in the UK.

Children given scraps in play trials

By Tristan Donovan |

23 October 2007

Shipping containers filled with hundreds of scrap objects have been put in three school playgrounds as part of a landmark study of children's play.

Thousands of pounds are on offer to school breakfast clubs from an awards scheme launched by education charity ContinYou and Kellogg's.

Two out of every five looked-after children change their placements more than five times, the largest piece of peer research of young people in care and leaving care has found.

Primary school children are trying their hand at journalism to boost literacy skills, get their voices heard and ease the transition to secondary school.