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.
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.
The DfE has produced updated advice for schools on supporting the mental health of children and also research on school-based policies on mental health and wellbeing of children and access to local services.
The recently published Raynsford review final report on planning concludes with a wide range of recommendations to improve the system, including criticism of permitted development, shared by many others in local government.
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 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
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 needs of neglected adolescents in the care system can be overlooked. Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission and the police and prison inspectorates have reviewed local practice for supporting older children finding the need for coordinated support for this often forgotten group.
Efforts are being made to better understand and to regulate the environment of ‘fake news’ in an increasingly poisonous and potentially dangerous political environment. Intervention is needed at government and at international level. A government White Paper is expected during the next six months. What issues should it address?
The Commons Education Committee has reviewed at the half-way stage the England Apprenticeships: Vision for 2020 and has found quality and social justice issues need addressing urgently.