Topic: Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance

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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.


Charting our own course

17 Jan 2019

2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.


The National Infrastructure Commission Partnership

15 Jan 2019 in Briefings

The NIC has announced five cities and city regions that it will provide tailored support to improve delivery of housing, and economic growth and transport improvements. The authorities will work with the NIC to develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.




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


Shared services

11 Dec 2018 in Briefings

Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers


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.



The (local) state we’re in

20 Nov 2018

Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?