Children

  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 03
    The Home Office has rejected the key recommendation from an inspection of asylum seeker detention centres that children should not be held for longer than seven days. Chief inspector of prisons...
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 03
    Britain's largest teaching union has signalled its intention to take industrial action if the government pushes ahead with plans to allow unqualified staff to take classes. The National Union of...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Local education authorities must act to tackle a 'very worrying' level of violence and abuse against teachers. That was the message from Eamonn O'Kane, general secretary of the National Association...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Education Secretary Charles Clarke has launched a £435m programme to provide children's centres in the most deprived parts of England. The centres will offer childcare, nursery education, parenting...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 03
    Scottish Education Minister Cathy Jamieson has used a local government conference to announce an extra £80m to guarantee full implementation of the McCrone agreement on teachers' workloads....
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 03
    Teenagers who speak English as an additional language need greater support to develop their literacy during their examination years, according to Ofsted inspectors. The education watchdog says many...
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 03
    The government is in danger of leaving more children in care and custody than ever before, despite its good intentions to tackle anti-social behaviour, the children's charity Barnardo's warned this...
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 03
    Education Secretary Charles Clarke has admitted that the national curriculum is suffering, particularly in sports and modern languages, because teachers are too focused on targets. Speaking on...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    Holloway prison in north London continues to have a 'grossly inadequate' regime, despite showing signs of a commitment to tackle its problems, according to the latest report from inspectors. Anne...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    The National Union of Teachers has accused Education Secretary Charles Clarke of 'bully-boy' tactics after he declined an invitation to speak at its annual conference. Clarke said the education...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 03
    Ofsted, the schools' inspectorate, has insisted that it will meet its March deadline to inspect and register all childminders and nurseries, despite a growing backlog of checks. A spokeswoman told...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 03
    Prison reformers have demanded a review of the Home Office's policy of jailing minors after a damning report was issued this week on the privately run Ashfield young offenders institution in...
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 03
    Child protection agencies have joined forces to try to stop vulnerable children slipping through the net as Lord Laming's damning report on the Victoria Climbié case was published.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    The Scottish Executive has either met or is set to achieve 92% of its targets, it claims in a report, Recording our achievements.
  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    Universities need to do more to widen access to students from poorer backgrounds, says Education Secretary Charles Clarke.
  • Public Finance
    5 Dec 02
    Failure to run proper checks on the £4.7bn of tax credits paid out each year is leaving 'significant gaps in the control over public funds', according to the Commons' Public Accounts Committee.
  • Public Finance
    28 Nov 02
    The teaching of children with special education needs (SEN) varies widely and with 'much inequity', according to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    31 Oct 02
    While ballot frenzy hit London Labour Party ranks this week with the closing round to choose its mayoral candidate for the 2004 elections, the Liberal Democrats admitted that they had no interested...
  • Public Finance
    31 Oct 02
    Schools could soon be hosting health and social services, citizens' advice bureaux and even post offices under a pilot scheme to extend their use in the community. Schools minister Cathy Ashton...
  • Public Finance
    24 Oct 02
    The Audit Commission will not take into account local authorities' financial resources or levels of deprivation when grading them under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment, it has confirmed....
  • Public Finance
    17 Oct 02
    The Local Government Association has condemned the government's plans to fine councils that delay patients' discharge from hospital as a 'spectacular own goal' that could cost some social services...
  • Public Finance
    26 Sep 02
    Estelle Morris's political prospects had been looking so promising. Popular with teachers and the public alike, it seemed a certainty that she would be a long-standing and well-liked education...
  • Public Finance
    19 Sep 02
    NHS dentistry must be overhauled as it wastes £158m each year and fails to serve those who need it most, the Audit Commission said this week.
  • Public Finance
    12 Sep 02
    The Home Office has parachuted a hit squad into the crisis-hit Criminal Records Bureau amid warnings that the delays in criminal checks could last into next year.
  • Public Finance
    5 Sep 02
    The NHS in England is to get a further £10m to develop intensive care facilities for critically ill children, health minister Jacqui Smith announced this week.

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