Policy Briefings

Off-rolling pupils – EPI research and the local authority response

April 24, 2019

The unexplained disappearance (off-rolling) of approximately 50,000 a pupils from years 10 and 11 is a significant issue given that such children are known to have reduced life chances. This briefing looks at the methodology of the Education Policy Institute in calculating the number of off-rolled pupils. The local authority…


Monitoring and Evaluation of local climate change adaptation

April 24, 2019

Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.


Towards new ‘civic universities’

April 23, 2019

The briefing reviews the Civic University Commission report seeking to encourage a new generation of more genuinely 'civic universities'. What this means for local authorities, their places and communities is explored and developed.


Virtual Schools and the quality of education – research evidence

April 18, 2019

There are implications for learning styles, whole school organisation, and the funding of education with the increasing use of information technology in schools. This report looks at research done by the National Education Policy Centre into the educational effectiveness of virtual and blended schools.


IFS: Taking Control: Which Taxes Could be Devolved to Local Government?

April 17, 2019

How could more tax funding powers be devolved to local government? This IFS report sets how to assess the suitability of and devolution of taxes and analyses what could be raised across England from the various options. There is also a review of local tax arrangements in different countries.


Housing and planning round-up April 2019

April 16, 2019

This month’s round-up includes news on segregated housing, rough sleeping data, right to buy, poverty, evictions and private landlords, garden towns, and brownfield sites. It also lists ongoing consultations.


Work experience and careers education: DfE response to Youth Select Committee

April 12, 2019

The Youth Select Committee report ‘Realising the Potential of Work Experience’ looks at the unequal nature of young people's access to work experience and ensuring that young people are suitably prepared to make informed post-16 choices on T-Levels and apprenticeships. The briefing looks at the Government’s response.



Is the NHS about to grind to a halt because of lack of staff?

April 9, 2019

The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.