Reports

Police and council defend safeguarding app after calls to stop collecting info on vulnerable young people

A criminal justice campaign group has said use of the database is being kept from parents and guardians, but the council says it has helped protect hundreds of children.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with councillor Christine Townsend on taking on the Merchant Venturers over educational inequality

Funding reinstated for SEND charity at heart of council social media spying row

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on raising the next generation through a nursery crisis, with local head teacher Sam Williams

Nurseries are key to children's development, but the sector is facing a protracted crisis of funding and stability. Neil asks head teacher Sam Williams how to give kids the best start.

Image of the 2021 UCU Bristol strike

Voices

‘Academic and support staff are suffering – it’s time for universities to dip into their rainy day funds’

Reports

Progress on Bristol’s SEND failings but relationships with parents still troubled, inspectors find

‘Childcare costs prevent countless ambitious women from fulfilling their potential’

Across the UK, mums have been protesting against our broken childcare system. We need urgent change to enable women to work, train and progress in their jobs without constant pressure, a local nursery worker argues.

As the childcare crisis fuels inequality for women and children, mums are demanding action

The childcare system is at breaking point both in Bristol and nationally, with mothers being forced out of the workforce as costs rise and provision shrinks.

Charities distance themselves from council review into ‘spying’ on SEND parents’ social media

As councillors prepare to vote on an independent inquiry into alleged online surveillance of parents of children with special educational needs, third parties named in an internal report have challenged the council's narrative.

‘We don’t want children leaving school illiterate’: how schools need to step up for dyslexic students

Mike Jones was bullied at school in the 1970s because he couldn't spell his name. Almost four decades later, he developed a program that now helps thousands of dyslexic children learn.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on stopping the ‘school to prison pipeline’, and why teachers may be on the picket lines soon, with educator Lana Crosbie

Lana Crosbie is a senior school leader, race specialist and equality campaigner with over 20 years’ experience teaching in schools.

‘Zero-tolerance behaviour policy may be contributing to exclusion of Bristol’s most vulnerable students’

Michal Grant has worked with many kids excluded from mainstream education who say the Ready to Learn behavioural system is failing them.