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Opportunity Areas: a DfE response to Social Mobility

17 Nov 2017 in Briefings

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 2017

16 Nov 2017 in Briefings

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.


DfE Consultation Children and Social Work Act – Working Together to Safeguard Children

9 Nov 2017 in Briefings

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



DfE consultation: Children and Social Work Act – virtual school head new duty

1 Nov 2017 in Briefings

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.



The UK 2017 General Election examined: income, poverty and Brexit

23 Oct 2017 in Briefings

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.


Erasmus+ funding for young people: Brexit background information

18 Oct 2017 in Briefings

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.


Primary assessment in England: Update on DfE plans

11 Oct 2017 in Briefings

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.


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) area inspections – written statements of action

6 Oct 2017 in Briefings

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.


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