The Government has set out a Norther Powerhouse School Education strategy based on additional resources improvement in teacher supply and the quality of school leadership; and developing Multi-Academy Trusts to raise ambition, focus on school improvement and facilitate better networking. This CSN Briefing looks at the strategy.
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Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.
New multi-agency inspection arrangements were introduced in 2016 to look at specific children's services issues with Ofsted in the lead. Following 'deep dive' inspections of five local authorities, the first report, on child sexual exploitation (CSE), has been published. The findings are generally positive although the findings show there is…
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
In January 2013, Ecorys was commissioned by CLG to lead a consortium providing an independent evaluation of the phase one troubled families programme. This briefing summarises the results of the evaluation.
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On 23 November Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered the new Government’s Autumn Statement. This briefing deals mostly with the revisions to the fiscal targets and the economic outlook. There is a brief commentary on other announcements, including those for additional capital spending, and on housing, welfare, and devolution.
A report from the charity Lifeline analyses homelessness data in Greater Manchester and Greater Glasgow and considers how to reduce homelessness and the effects on health and wellbeing that are associated with it.
A major plank of the Government's school improvement policies is to identify schools which are 'coasting' according to pupil performance data. The regulations have now been laid which will define which schools are coasting and the information will be made public with the publication of the Key Stage 2 results…
The end of primary school (Key Stage 2, year 6) assessment arrangements were completely revised in 2016 and the National Curriculum levels are no longer used. This briefing describes the assessment arrangements and looks at the issue of school accountability through the new floor standard and coasting schools definition, about…