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Children not in school: DfE consultation and guidance on home education

May 1, 2019

DfE is consulting (until 24 June 2019) on legislation to place three new duties on local authorities: keep a register of home educated children; monitor suitability of home education; and support home educators. New guidance to local authorities on home education has been published.


Virtual Schools and the quality of education – research evidence

April 18, 2019

There are implications for learning styles, whole school organisation, and the funding of education with the increasing use of information technology in schools. This report looks at research done by the National Education Policy Centre into the educational effectiveness of virtual and blended schools.


Off-rolling in English schools

January 18, 2019

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.


DfE: Schools causing concern: November 2018

December 14, 2018

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…



School system research: Evaluating the post-2010 DfE policy

August 30, 2018

The Self-Improving School Led System (SISS), the dominant Government schools policy since 2010, has been reviewed by a team from the UCL Institute of Education. Findings include the undermining of school autonomy by tight curriculum and assessment requirements; a strengthened hierarchy of schools affecting the willingness of schools to cooperate;…


Converting schools to academies: Public Accounts Committee

August 29, 2018

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”.


Schools Adjudicator – 2017 annual report

February 21, 2018

The Schools Adjudicator service allows individuals and local authorities to refer questions over the fairness and reasonableness of school admission arrangements for independent scrutiny. This briefing looks at the just published annual report, covering the whole range of the Chief Adjudicator's work including appeals against an LA direction to a…


Selective education: latest research

June 26, 2017

The research community has been examining proposals to introduce additional academic selection into secondary education. This CSN briefing provides a follow-up to an October 2016 briefing, and looks at three recent publications.


What is the Chartered College of Teaching?

May 10, 2017

The Chartered College is a new, independent organisation set up with the purpose of enhancing the professional status of teachers in England and improving their professional framework. This briefing looks at what it does and how local government can work with it.