Policy Briefings

Equity in Education: OECD and DfE research

December 7, 2018

OECD and DfE-commissioned research have looked at the life chances of young people as they progress through the education system and the factors which assist or otherwise as they progress into work. The reports raise serious issues for local and national government about our education and welfare systems can support…


How healthy is our workforce?

December 6, 2018

What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?



Health, social care and public health round-up: November 2018

December 3, 2018

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.


Putting Health into Place

November 29, 2018

NHS England's Healthy New Towns is a three year programme to look at how health and wellbeing can be planned and designed into new places. How can partners collaborate effectively? What are the key principles involved and what are the main challenges?


Swift Read: Dog fouling – a blight on the pavement

November 28, 2018

Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are being used by councils? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using case studies and examples of the different schemes used by local authorities.


DfE – Teacher workload advisory group

November 28, 2018

Teacher working hours in England are significantly higher than other countries with implications for recruitment and retention. The latest DfE plan to reduce workload is on data collection reduction, and also a letter from the Secretary of State signed by some national organisation (but not local government) announcing ‘there is…


Online Data Privacy – what does the public think?

November 27, 2018

Data privacy is a complex and contested issue, often obscured in jargon and compounded by a presence in and out of the media spotlight. This briefing summarises the findings of a Carnegie UK Trust report on online data privacy.


Alternative Provision – the debate continues

November 22, 2018

Alternative provision – educational provision for children out of school – remains in the spotlight as it manages the increased number of children who have been excluded and off-rolled. This briefing looks at the Government response to the Commons education committee report and two DfE research reports, one a national…


Public service comparisons within the EU

November 21, 2018

This European Commission research is a snapshot of how the public services of the member states are doing. It provides a potential platform on which trends in performance can be measured across a range of performance criteria. The briefing is one of our series covering international local government issues.