Standards at an independent trust set up to improve the quality of children's services provision in Doncaster have been rated "good" following a re-inspection by Ofsted, just two years after receiving the lowest rating.

Students in developing countries aim higher in their careers; child migrants from Calais will have claims processed in days rather than months; and children living in poverty may never catch up with their classmates, all in the news today.

Damian Hinds announces education drive for disadvantaged areas

By Neil Puffett and Megan Agnew |

19 January 2018

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards by supporting underperforming schools and increase opportunities in areas most in need.

Action for Children's Sir Tony Hawkhead resigns

By Megan Agnew |

18 January 2018

Sir Tony Hawkhead will step down as chief executive of charity Action for Children next month after nearly four years in post, CYP Now can reveal.

More than a third of early years providers offering 30 hours "free" childcare have had to introduce charges for parents to make the flagship scheme financially viable, a new survey has found.

The government has said it will take action to address a technical issue that campaigners have claimed left thousands of low-income families at risk of missing out on free childcare entitlements.

Ofsted 'needs more money' to monitor apprenticeships

By Megan Agnew |

17 January 2018

Ofsted must be handed more funding if it is to properly monitor the quality of apprenticeships, MPs have been told.

An intensive family therapy programme, used nationwide to turn around the lives of teenagers involved in antisocial behaviour and on the edge of care, is no more effective than conventional methods, researchers have concluded.

A total of £20m will be shared between all local authorities currently supporting more than 10 asylum-seeking children, the government has said.

Parents 'lose trust' in council over SEND failings

By Joe Lepper |

16 January 2018

Health, education and care chiefs in Lancashire have been strongly criticised by inspectors for a raft of failings in their support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).