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Off-rolling in English schools

18 Jan 2019 in Briefings

There is growing interest in ‘off-rolling’, the removal of pupils from school rolls during the latter years of compulsory school education, possibly in order to enhance a school’s league table position. This briefing looks at recent research into this phenomenon.



JRF Report: UK Poverty 2018

7 Jan 2019 in Briefings

The annual report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on poverty trends in the UK considers the impact on children, pensioners and people in work.


Education for the modern world – CBI-Pearson 2018 report

3 Jan 2019 in Briefings

The annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills report, now done with Pearson, is based on a survey on businesses of all sizes. It provides insights into what British business wants, where improvements in current arrangements are required, and lessons for local government in working with local employers.


Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

21 Dec 2018

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher than the national average, with […]


Ofsted Annual Report 2017-18

19 Dec 2018 in Briefings

Ofsted’s Annual Report covers inspection evidence from early years, schools, children’s social care, and further education and skills as well as the inspectorate’s advice to government. Change was mostly positive but schools ‘stuck in a cycle of poor performance’ unregistered schools, reduction in LA funding, and parents taking responsibility were media headlines.


DfE: Schools causing concern: November 2018

14 Dec 2018 in Briefings

The DfE has updated the guidance on Schools Causing Concern to take account of changes announced in May by the Secretary of State: the designation of a local authority maintained school as coasting will not lead to an Academy Order but to additional support being offered is part of several changes


Equity in Education: OECD and DfE research

7 Dec 2018 in Briefings

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 more equitable outcomes.



Homelessness – the road to prevention

29 Nov 2018 in Reports

In this long read Andrew Walker outlines the recent discussions of the LGiU's Homelessness Commission on how councils can support vulnerable people, particularly young people, in danger of becoming homeless and how they can use their data to join up services more effectively.