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Department for Education (DfE) staff could be seconded to other departments to help with supply of "mission critical" items like food and medicines following a "no deal" Brexit, a committee of MPs heard today.

Early years and school settings are set to be judged on the quality of education they provide rather than performance data, if a proposed overhaul by Ofsted goes ahead.

A Big Lottery Fund-backed environmental partnership has made moves to ensure areas of its work carried out by collapsed volunteering charity Vinspired can continue.

Monthly care applications reach three-year low

By Joe Lepper |

15 January 2019

The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years.

Labour calls for 'radical overhaul' in apprenticeships

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

15 January 2019

The government's skills policy needs a "radical overhaul", the shadow international trade minister has suggested.

Sugar education to be part of core school subjects

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

14 January 2019

Children are set to study sugar consumption in English and maths lessons, as part of the government's latest strategy to tackle childhood obesity.

The proportion of council maintained secondary schools in debt has rocketed over the last five years with almost one in three in the red, analysis of school budgets has found.

MPs have launched a scathing attack on government efforts to improve support for young people with mental health conditions, who they say "are being failed by the NHS".

A "dramatic" rise in the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) accessing early education is leading to a funding crisis in the sector, a childcare organisation has warned.

Calls to overhaul youth remand system

By Joe Lepper |

10 January 2019

A raft of reforms are needed to tackle rising rates of unconvicted children being "warehoused in unsafe child jails", a youth justice organisation has claimed.