• No evidence for minister’s claim parents ‘prefer to pay’ for school dinners

    A government minister stands accused of misleading the public after he falsely claimed that research showed parents “actually prefer to pay a modest sum” of “£1 or £2”, instead of receiving free school meals. It is pretty desperate to see ministers making misleading claims in order to justify voting against feeding hungry children in a

    22.30 Oct. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Kemi Badenoch replaces Nadhim Zahawi as children's minister

    Kemi Badenoch has been appointed by Boris Johnson as the new children’s minister, replacing Nadhim Zahawi. The MP for Saffron Waldren joins new education secretary Gavin Williamson, long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb and returning universities minister Jo Johnson in the refreshed ministerial team at the Department for Education. The government is yet to say who

    10.50 Jul. 29th, 2019 | News

  • 40 MPs join protest over looming £4m in cuts to funding for deaf pupils

    Campaigners held a protest outside parliament this week and met with the children’s minister to warn of the impact of £4 million in planned cuts to support for deaf children in schools. Research by the National Deaf Children’s Society has found that nearly a third of England’s local authorities are intending to slash support as

    7.00 Jul. 8th, 2018 | Politics

  • Healthy schools initiative has 'come to a halt'

    Delays to the launch of the government’s proposed healthy schools rating scheme have left schools “in the lurch”, according to children’s health charities. The scheme was first mooted in the government’s childhood obesity action plan in 2016, and had been supposed to be up and running in schools by last September. But ministers say delivery

    7.00 Jul. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Still no sign of the delayed 'healthy schools' rating scheme

    The government still doesn’t know when proposals for a ‘healthy schools’ rating scheme will come to fruition, 10 months after it was supposed to start in primary schools. The plan was first mooted in the government’s child obesity action plan in 2016, and it was supposed to be up and running in schools by last

    11.17 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News