Schools

Funding for troubled families is vital. Councils won't cope if it's withdrawn

My council receives £800,000 a year and funds the work of 30 people. We need to know what the future holds Over the years, many council’s have relied on Troubled Families funding to support a range of children’s services. Photograph: Alamy Paying for a pair of walking boots so a young person can go on …

Secret Teacher: supply agencies are giving us a raw deal

I thought being a supply teacher would give me flexibility, but the pay and conditions I’ve had to agree to make the situation unsustainable ‘Schools are desperate for teachers and agencies are providing them.’ Photograph: Alamy Becoming a supply teacher initially seemed to make sense. I liked the idea of being in different classrooms while …