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Whole System Reform – IPPR on England’s School System

October 23, 2014

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published Whole System Reform: England’s Schools and the Middle Tier (September 2014). The report builds upon and contributes to a long running debate regarding the role of local authorities in co-ordinating and leading on the improvement of England’s state schools. The report puts forward a range of recommendations for ensuring strong leadership and accountability in this crucial area of the system, probably the most significant of which is the appointment of local school commissioners who would have responsibility for a range of activities from running competitions for new school providers to ‘decommissioning’ schools, from brokering collaboration to tracking performance.
This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in local government with responsibility for school improvement, school leaders and policy makers.

Policy Exchange – Primary Focus

October 23, 2014

Policy Exchange has published a report, Primary Focus – The next stage of improvement for primary schools in England, in which it suggests that, after a decade of success, the primary sector now faces a ‘perfect storm’ of higher floor standards, a new curriculum, increasing head teacher vacancies, and declining local authority support. Its proposed solution involves the reorganisation of all primary schools into academy chains by 2020 (with the possibility of LA chains, or ‘Learning Trusts’), converting any remaining LA-maintained secondary schools to academies, enabling schools to switch academy chains and expanding the remit of Regional Schools Commissioners. This briefing summarises and comments on the report.

The future of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund

October 23, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications of the proposed closure of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund and examines options for its continuation.

A Vision for Transport Planning

October 23, 2014

* The Transport Planning Society (TPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have produced a new report setting out the key role transport planning can play in meeting the pressing challenges the nation will face over the next 20 years.
* A Vision for Transport Planning describes how transport planning can help create a more prosperous country with a better quality of life. It sets out the central and local government structures that will be needed to deliver this and the skills and support that the transport planning profession will require.
* This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers with responsibility for transport, planning and economic development. It will also be relevant to those with an interest in the structure of local government and the relationship between local and central government.

Weekly Policy Summary – 17 October 2014

October 17, 2014

This briefing is also available as a pdf. Last week LGiU published its latest report, Managing Floods: Supporting local partnerships. We look at the role of local authorities in coordinating emergency responses to floods. As part of Local Democracy Week, Brent …

Classroom behaviour – Ofsted report

October 15, 2014

This briefing is on the Ofsted report Below the radar: low-level disruption in the country’s classrooms (September 2014). An Ofsted press release, highlighting the failure of leadership in tackling poor behaviour, costing pupils up to an hour of learning a day, was published to accompany the report.

This briefing will be of primary interest to local authority officers and members as well as teachers, school leaders, governors and parents involved in schools in all phases across the system, and those working nationally in policy development and research in related areas.

Ofsted consultation – Better inspection for all

October 15, 2014

Ofsted is consulting on proposals for a new, common inspection framework to cover all settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, and FE and skills providers. Ofsted also proposes to introduce short inspections – conducted approximately every three years – for schools, academies and FE and skills providers that were judged good at their previous inspection.The consultation also covers inspection of non-association independent schools and changes to the methodology of inspection, but does not include consideration of a move to routine no-notice inspections.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers involved with provision in early years settings, schools or FE/skills that is inspected by Ofsted.

Put wellbeing first: APPG report on developing wellbeing policies

October 15, 2014

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Wellbeing Economics has published ‘Wellbeing in Four Policy Areas’ report, which considers ‘how policy could enhance wellbeing without increasing public spending.’ The report recommends that local authorities organise their functions around wellbeing outcomes for people and places, rather than around specialisms. The report also argues that health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) are key to driving the integration of wellbeing across policy.

On the Party Conferences Radar

October 14, 2014

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and how the parties envisage the deficit being reduced if they form a majority administration.

The briefing should be of interest to officers and councillors in all kinds of authority and for partner organisations, and especially for those working in policy, health, social care and finance.

Supporting people with no recourse to public funds

October 14, 2014

This briefing estimates the numbers affected by no recourse to public funds (NRPF), and draws on good practice from councils and other agencies to identify what can be done to assist them.

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