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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, Failure of leadership in tackling poor behaviour costing pupils up to an hour of learning a day was published to accompany the report. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) raised concerns about low-level disruption in the Ofsted Annual Report 2012/13.
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 (until 5 December) on proposals for a new, common inspection framework from September 2015 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. These will report on whether a provider has maintained its overall effectiveness, but will not give a full set of graded judgements. 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. Ofsted describes the proposals as ‘some of the most far-reaching reforms to education inspection in the last quarter of a century’.
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 the report Wellbeing in Four Policy Areas which considers ‘how policy could enhance wellbeing without increasing public spending’
* Report recommends that local authorities organise their functions around wellbeing outcomes for people and places, rather than around specialisms
* 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.

Managing floods: Supporting local partnerships

October 14, 2014

This briefing is also available as a pdf. Summary LGiU recently released a report, Managing floods: Supporting local partnerships. The report assesses how surface water flood risk is currently managed and makes recommendations as to how it might be improved …

Weekly Policy Summary – 10 October

October 10, 2014

You can also view this briefing as a pdf. This 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. Alternatives to Local Enterprise Partnerships …

Children’s Homes Regulations: DfE consultation

October 10, 2014

The DfE is consulting on Children’s homes regulations: high expectations and aspirations (19 September 2014). The bundle includes a paper setting out the consultation questions, draft regulations and draft guidance. Responses are required by 14 November 2014. This briefing outlines the questions raised in the consultation, which include an overarching set of principles, a set of quality standards, and the administrative regulations.
This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers with responsibility for, or an interest in, supporting children in care who are housed in residential children’s home.

Children’s services: DfE Improvement Notice and Directions

October 9, 2014

This briefing looks at the current position on the use by the Department for Education of Improvement Notices and Statutory Directions, and how these relate to the Ofsted inspection of local authority children’s care services.
This briefing will be of interest to Leaders, and members, and officers with responsibility for children’s services.

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