The DfE's Regional Schools Commissioners have been operating since September 2014 with responsibility to oversee the Secretary of State's functions over Academies. Since then their role has increased. The House of Commons Education Committee has reported on these developments and this is the CSN Briefing on the report.
There has been much public debate about the supply of school teachers and a claimed lack of applicants for teaching jobs. This CSN Briefing looks at the evidence ahead of a major report from the House of Common Education Committee on the issue.
The Chief Schools Adjudicator published her annual report at the end of 2015. Schools Adjudicator are now mainly concerned with deciding whether school admission arrangements comply with the DfE's School Admissions Code. This CSN briefing summarises the report including the appeals to the adjudication service and the reports by local…
Learning from the success of other school systems is an important element of school improvement. CfBT has produced a comparative report on the achievements of five urban education systems. This CSN briefing looks at the report.
The availability of large data sets pupil information, and their matching with school performance and inspection data has enabled independent researchers to ask important questions about the effectiveness and future development of the schools system in England. Education Datalab is one such body and this CSN briefing looks at a…
The DfE is consulting on the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) performance measure which it will introduce into English secondary schools. This CSN policy briefing looks at the issues.
Tucked away in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement speech is “we will make local authorities running schools a thing of the past”. John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGiU, looks at what this might mean for local and national government. With one sentence, “We will make local authorities running schools…
Government initiatives over the last 20 years have encouraged schools to work together in partnership. The DfE has published an independent review of these developments which looks at what has happened and the effectiveness of the partnerships. This CSN briefing is on the DfE review.
There has been a rise in parent-paid private tuition for pupils in public schools in recent years. This briefing contains an overview of the issue, a description of recent research and a consideration of the issues for local authorities and schools.
The National Audit Office has published a value for money study on funding for disadvantaged pupils. This CSN Briefing analyses the report.