What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?
Teacher working hours in England are significantly higher than other countries with implications for recruitment and retention. The latest DfE plan to reduce workload is on data collection reduction, and also a letter from the Secretary of State signed by some national organisation (but not local government) announcing ‘there is still more to do’.
This European Commission research is a snapshot of how the public services of the member states are doing. It provides a potential platform on which trends in performance can be measured across a range of performance criteria. The briefing is one of our series covering international local government issues.
Huge claims are made for the potential of Artificial Intelligence. We look here at recent reports on AI, how AI can support services, and the key issues and challenges that arise in implementing AI.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)’s Commission on Economic Justice has been working for nearly two years on proposals for fundamental reform of the British economy. We look at its final report here.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee has reported on converting schools to academies drawing on National Audit Office work. It looks at local support for schools, including Academy Trust failure, and the consequences for the school system in England; it finds that “arrangements for oversight of schools are fragmented and incoherent”.
The final report of a five-year ESRC-supported project on welfare conditionality will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.
The Commons Education Committee report 'Forgotten children' finds that alternative provision (AP) is seen as a forgotten part of the education system, side-lined and stigmatised as somewhere only the very worst behaved pupils go. However, this is not the case, but the quality of provision is far too variable. And there is an alarming increase in ‘hidden’ exclusions from schools.
‘Fostering better outcomes’ is the DfE’s response to two reports on improving local authority fostering of children covering improving the experience of children in foster care, greater stability, giving more responsibility to foster parents, better ways of matching parents to children, and new approaches to commissioning foster placements.
This briefing deals with the NAO’s June 2018 report on the roll out of Universal Credit. It will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority concerned with in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.