The DfE has a place-based programme to improve school provision and social mobility in 'coldspots' called Opportunity Areas. This briefing looks at the programme and sets it in both an historic and contemporary Government plans to improve public services in deprived areas.
On Your Radar November provides information on relevant government consultations, select committee inquiries and legislation. We also look at the current political agenda and the implications for local government in the immediate and longer term.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 requires new arrangements for the local safeguarding of children. This DfE consultation asks questions about implementing the new arrangements for reviews of serious safeguarding cases, transition from the Local Safeguarding Children Boards, and managing child death reviews. Significant revisions of the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children are proposed. Consultation closes on 31 December 2017
There increasing numbers of children being formally excluded from school, and a much bigger number who leave school and do not return to mainstream education, supported by the offrolling. An IPPR looks at the issue, what happens to the children, and what can be done to ensure such children do not lead a socially excluded life.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 places new duties on local authorities and schools on previously looked after children. The DfE is consulting until 27 November on new guidance on the education of looked after children and previously looked after children, Virtual School Heads and designated until 27 November. It is intended to commence the new duty from 1 April 2018.
DfE consultation: Children and Social Work Act – Corporate parenting, local offer, and support to age 25
The Government is consulting on how to introduce new duties on local authorities from April 2018 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The duties are on the corporate parenting principles for looked after children, the local offer and support for former looked after children up to the age of 25. Consultation closes on 27 November 2017.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) report on the dynamics of the 2017 General Election analyses how people on low incomes and at risk of poverty voted, but also on whether concerns about immigration and brexit took priority over more traditional concerns about low incomes and economic inequality.
The EU funded seven-year Erasmus+ programme aims to promote the growth of youth work, sport, training and education across Europe though exchange of students and other activities. Expenditure is currently about €130 million a year. This briefing describes the programme and looks at the possible effect of Brexit.
The DfE has recently published plans for the future of assessment of primary aged children and those with special educational needs. This includes the end of the Key Stage 1 assessment to be replaced with a new Baseline Assessment and a new system for assessing children with learning difficulties.
This is the second briefing on the Ofsted inspection of local area Special Educational Needs and Disability provision. This briefing looks at those local authority areas which have been required to produce a Written Statement of Action (WSA). Areas required to produce WSAs had weaknesses in leadership, Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan management, and the Local Offer/engagement with parents.