Cutbacks force helpline for parents to shut

A telephone hotline which for 52 years advised parents about their children's education has been forced to closed after its government grant was cut.

The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) line dealt with appeals on school admissions, exclusions and helping parents to prepare cases for special needs tribunals. Liz Williams, who worked on the hotline for 20 years, said: "It has been so valuable for so many people."

The ACE said: "We are proud of the work we have done in making a difference for parents whose children are facing difficulties."

A new venture, ACE Education Advice and Training, will provide online information to parents.