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Local authorities are not doing enough to help pupil referral units get students back into mainstream schools, a report from Ofsted has said.

Social inclusion programme Positive Futures has developed a successful scheme in Coventry targeting pupils at risk of dropping out of school.

Schools in the South West will take part later this year in a "Healthy Schools Plus" pilot to recognise schools that go beyond the basic criteria for Healthy School status.

Education: Calls for compulsory student councils

By Nancy Rowntree |

18 September 2007

The government is under mounting pressure to make school councils compulsory, but has been accused of caving in to teachers' unions who oppose the move.

Parents whose children have been fingerprinted by schools without their consent are preparing to take legal action.

A Devon scheme to get young people involved in their communities is to be trialled across England.

On-site youth services are to be an integral part of three academy schools opened this week by Christian youth charity Oasis.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has struck an agreement with the London Borough of Southwark to give up to 350 youth professionals and social workers financial literacy training.

Youth organisation JusB has launched an intensive 12-week pilot project to help young people who are not in education, employment or training.

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