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Angel of the North, public art, northern powerhouse, devolution

DfE: Northern Powerhouse – education

December 8, 2016

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.


Floods, flooding

National Flood Resilience Review

December 8, 2016

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.


children's-services

Blue white spiral - health care round up

people abstract

cup of tea

Weekly Policy Summary- 2nd December

December 2, 2016

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.


community budgets, coins, money, finance

Autumn Statement 2016: Analysis

November 30, 2016

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.


Monopoly houses, building, housing, homes

Homelessness in Greater Manchester and Greater Glasgow

November 30, 2016

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.


Pens, school, education, SEN, disability in schools

DfE: Draft Coasting Schools (England) Regulations 2016

November 29, 2016

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…


school colouring pencils - education

Primary education assessment arrangements and school accountability – update

November 29, 2016

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…


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