Cross-party move against England’s academy schools plan

Leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies. MORE

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‘They’ve gone bonkers’: Tory councillors angry with academy plans

Councillors from Tory heartlands such as Hampshire and Oxfordshire have expressed dismay at plans to convert all schools to academies. MORE

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Tory councillors criticise academy schools ‘diktat’

Plans to turn every state school in England into an academy have been criticised by Conservative councillors. MORE

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Wirral Labour council innovative scheme gets £725,000 extra schools funding.

The pupil premium is additional funding for schools  to help improve the educational attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds but schools often don’t get as much as they should because even though the funding goes to the school the government insists each individual family that qualifies must complete a complex, time consuming application.

Now, an innovative scheme, involving council staff  working with teachers and governors on the Wirral Schools Forum  to identify families that qualify and then helping them to complete the documentation, has significantly increased the funding that Wirral schools will get under the scheme in the future.

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The fact that many parents don’t claim the funding, reducing the money schools could get, is a particular concern when some other school budgets are reducing  so the council success in getting a higher take up is a positive example for other local authorities.


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Labour will make sure that young people get the careers advice that they need.

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In a report last year 90% of young people reported that they weren’t getting the detailed information that they needed to make informed decisions about their future.


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Labour freezes council tax, cuts car park charges

The Labour group’s budget has been approved by the full council by 57 votes – 4.
It includes:
Council tax FROZEN
Car park charges CUT
£7million investment in child and adult services
Extra £1.9million for schools
£800,000 of grants for local businesses