Collection

Improvement notices and directions

Improvement notices and directions about children's services issued to councils by the Department for Education.

These notices and directions are issued to councils due to ‘poor’ or ‘inadequate’ performance.

Open notices

The following notices are currently open.

Closed notices

The following notices have been closed.

Open directions

Closed directions

Published 3 July 2013
Last updated 15 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Improvement notice issued to Luton Council' to open notices.

  2. Added new revised direction issued to West Sussex County Council to 'Open directions' and closed previous revised direction.

  3. Added new revised direction issued to Northamptonshire County Council to 'Open directions' and closed previous revised direction.

  4. Moved 'Improvement notice issued to Kirklees Council' to the 'Closed notices' section.

  5. Added 'Improvement notice issued to East Riding of Yorkshire Council' to open notices.

  6. Added revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council on 30 June 2020.

  7. Added 'Revised direction issued to Devon Council' to open directions and moved existing direction to closed directions.

  8. Added 'Revised direction issued to Middlesbrough Council'.

  9. Added new direction to Devon County Council.

  10. Added new direction to Middlesbrough Council and one to Hull City Council. Closed direction issued to Croydon council.

  11. Added the revised direction issued to Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 13 March 2020. It replaces the previous direction issued in October 2019.

  12. Added a revised direction for Surrey County Council to 'open directions' and moved the existing direction to 'closed directions'.

  13. Added 'Improvement notice issued to Kirklees Council' and moved 'Revised direction issued to Kirklees council' to closed direction.

  14. Added revised statutory directions to Medway Council and Torbay Council. These replace previous directions.

  15. Added improvement notice issued to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council to open notices.

  16. Added Improvement notice issued to North East Lincolnshire Council to open notices.

  17. Added a revised direction for West Sussex County Council to 'open directions' and moved the existing direction to 'closed directions'.

  18. Added the revised direction issued to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

  19. Added a revised direction for Northamptonshire County Council and moved existing direction to closed.

  20. Added new direction for Worcestershire county council and moved existing direction to closed.

  21. Moved South Gloucestershire improvement notice to closed collection.

  22. Added new direction to Medway council.

  23. Moved Wirral improvement notice to closed.

  24. Added improvement notice issued to Sefton council.

  25. Added a revised direction to Blackpool council. This replaces the earlier direction issued in March 2019.

  26. Added revised direction issued to Sandwell Council.

  27. Moved Barnet borough council revised direction and Tameside borough council improvement notice to closed. Both were lifted on 1 July 2019.

  28. Added new improvement notice issued to Hull city council.

  29. Added a revised direction issued to Northamptonshire county council.

  30. Added new direction to West Sussex county council.

  31. Added new improvement notice issued to Trafford council.

  32. Added new direction to Stoke-on-Trent city council.

  33. Added new improvement notice issued to Newham council.

  34. Added new direction for Sandwell metropolitan borough council and moved existing direction to closed.

  35. Added new direction to Blackpool borough council.

  36. The revised direction issued to Bromley in September 2018 was lifted in January 2019.

  37. Moved 'Direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council' to closed.

  38. Added revised direction for Wakefield council, moved previous direction to 'closed directions'.

  39. Added new direction to Bradford council.

  40. Added new direction to Northamptonshire county council.

  41. Added a revised direction for Surrey county council.

  42. Added direction issued to Wakefield council

  43. Moved 'Notice for Lancashire county council' to closed notices.

  44. Added 'Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council' to open directions.

  45. Improvement notice issued to Wandsworth London borough council changed from open to closed

  46. Added direction to Buckinghamshire country council and closed previous direction.

  47. Added new direction issued to Barnet borough council.

  48. Added a new direction for Surrey county council and moved the Surrey county council improvement notice to closed notices.

  49. Moved 'direction issued to Isle of Wight council' to closed directions.

  50. Added 'Revised direction issued to Worcestershire county council' to 'Open directions'.

  51. Improvement notice issued to Darlington borough council moved from open to closed.

  52. Improvement notice issued to Lambeth London borough council moved from open to closed.

  53. Added a new revised direction for Croydon council, this replaces the direction published on 25 January 2018.

  54. Added Torbay and Sandwell to open directions, moved older Torbay direction from 27 October 2017 to closed directions group.

  55. Added new revised direction to Torbay council, Birmingham city council, and a new direction to Sandwell metropolitan borough council.

  56. Added revised direction issued to Buckinghamshire county council.

  57. Somerset county council's direction has closed. Cumbria county council's directions has closed.

  58. A direction issued to Barnet council on 25 January 2018 replaces the previous one issued in September 2017.

  59. Moved 'direction issued to Norfolk county council' to closed directions.

  60. Moved Northamptonshire county council from open to closed sections as it left intervention in May 2016.

  61. Moved Manchester city council from open section to closed section.

  62. Moved Leicester city council improvement notice to 'closed notices' group.

  63. Added a revised direction for Torbay council, this replaces an earlier direction issued in May 2016.

  64. Added new direction for Slough borough council, moved previous direction to 'closed directions'.

  65. Added revised direction for Worcestershire council and moved the original notice to 'closed directions'.

  66. Added directions issued to Reading, Tower Hamlets, Barnet and Bromley borough councils to 'open directions' and moved old directions issued to Reading and Bromley and borough councils to 'closed directions'.

  67. Added direction notice for Croydon council.

  68. Added improvement notice issued to Gloucestershire county council.

  69. Moved West Berkshire council improvement notice to 'closed notices' group.

  70. Moved Coventry city council and Knowlsey metropolitan borough council improvement notices from open to closed as the improvement notices were closed on 13 June 2017.

  71. Added new direction for Sunderland city council and moved the July 2015 direction to the closed directions list.

  72. Added improvement notice for south Gloucestershire county council to open notices.

  73. Added direction for Worcestershire county councils.

  74. Added new direction for Tameside metropolitan borough council.

  75. Added new direction for Bromley borough council and moved the October 2016 direction to the closed directions list.

  76. Added new directions to Kirklees council and Birmingham city council to 'Open directions'. Moved Birmingham city council direction from December 2015 to 'Closed directions'.

  77. Added new direction for Bromley borough council and moved the June 2016 direction to the closed directions list.

  78. Moved January 2016 direction to Sandwell metropolitan borough council to 'closed directions' and added October 2016 direction to Sandwell to 'open directions'.

  79. Added improvement notice issued to Wirral council.

  80. Added a new direction issued to Slough borough council. Moved September 2015 direction to Slough borough council to 'closed directions'.

  81. Added direction to Reading borough council.

  82. Added an improvement notice issued to Wandsworth London borough council.

  83. Added directions to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Norfolk County Council.

  84. Added a direction issued to Bromley borough council.

  85. Added new open direction to Doncaster metropolitan borough council.

  86. Added an improvement notice issued to Lancashire county council to the open notices section.

  87. Added a direction a direction issued to Torbay council.

  88. Added a direction issued to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

  89. Moved Devon county council from open to closed notices as the notice was lifted on 29 February 2016.

  90. Added improvement notice issued to Surrey county council to open notices group.

  91. Added improvement notice issued to Leicester city council to open notices group.

  92. Moved 'direction issued to Calderdale Council' to closed directions.

  93. Moved 'improvement notice issued to Somerset County Council' from open notices to closed notices.

  94. Added new directions issued to Norfolk county council and Sandwell metropolitan council.

  95. Added the improvement notice issued to Lambeth borough council on 16 December 2015.

  96. Moved Cheshire East council improvement notice from open to closed as the improvement notice was lifted on 16 December.

  97. Added a direction issued to Birmingham county council.

  98. Added improvement notice issued to Darlington Borough Council.

  99. Moved Medway council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.

  100. Added a direction issued to Cumbria county council on 9 November 2015.

  101. Added 'Direction issued to Somerset county council'.

  102. Moved Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.

  103. Added 'Direction issued to Slough borough council'.

  104. Added improvement notice for West Berkshire council.

  105. Added direction issued to Sunderland city council.

  106. Moved Rochdale Council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.

  107. Moved Herefordshire council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.

  108. Moved Bexley council improvement notice from the open group to the closed group.

  109. Added improvement notice for Knowsley Council.

  110. Added new open direction to Birmingham City Council.

  111. Moved Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council from 'open' to 'closed'.

  112. Moved the notice for Cambridgeshire from 'open' to 'closed'.

  113. Updated an improvement notice to Rochdale Council.

  114. Moved Walsall Council notice from 'open' to 'closed'.

  115. Added reissued Bexley Council improvement notice.

  116. Added notice for Coventry County Council.

  117. Added 'Direction issued to Northamptonshire County Council'.

  118. Added a direction issued to Norfolk county council.

  119. First published.