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Parents and children need be educated early on healthy eating to stop rising obesity levels, children's professionals have said.

A government-backed review has called on children's professionals to give their views on specialist provision for children with speech, language and communications needs.

A culture of joint working between health and children's services needs to be established, according to Children's Secretary Ed Balls.

Windfall for schools and Sure Start

By Shafik Meghji |

16 October 2007

Local authorities will receive more than 22bn to raise school standards and build more children's centres, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has announced.

Campaign to lure a million more pupils to school meals

By Tristan Donovan |

16 October 2007

An appeal to get a million more children eating school meals by 2010 launched yesterday (16 October).

Many parents would move house or even lie to ensure their child got into a good school, according to the latest findings from the Good Childhood Inquiry.

A leading teachers' union has warned it is "extremely sceptical" about a report suggesting national education tests for primary school children are causing undue stress.

Cars could be banned from driving within 200 metres of school gates in the London Borough of Camden in a bid to tackle congestion and global warming.

Extended school services in Shropshire have received a boost in the form of funding for more school nurses.

Guidance to grow extended schools

By Sarah Cooper |

16 October 2007

The role of extended services should be central to schools' improvement plans, according to a framework developed by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).