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Enhanced devolution and ‘levelling up’ in 2020 and beyond

This briefing considers three themes from the Queen’s Speech – levelling up, empowering local communities, and a ‘one nation’ Union – in the context of two major long run local authority ambitions – enhanced devolution and local growth.

England & Wales, Scotland
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University technical colleges – NAO report

The National Audit Office has reported on the Government initiative in England to improve technical education by establishing separate educational institutions – University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – for 14 to 19-year olds. A key finding is that the 48 UTCs in January 2019 were operating at 45% capacity on average.

England & Wales
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Budget March 2020 – implications for local growth and devolution

Although quickly overtaken by the full-scale Covid-19 crisis response, this briefing explores the March 11th 2020 Budget indicators of the Johnson Government’s long term ambitions for local development, levelling up and devolution pending a Comprehensive Spending Review now expected later in the year.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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Opportunity Areas – Social Mobility for children and young people through education in England

The Opportunity Areas programme is sponsored by the UK Department for Education (DfE) for England. The programme aims to help more children and young people to achieve their full potential through targeted funding in 12 areas which are among those which face the greatest challenges to social mobility in England. The funded is targeted at…

England & Wales
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Examinations and Assessments in Summer 2021

For the second year running the awarding of qualifications to 16 and 18 year olds will take place without formal examinations and assessments in the four UK jurisdictions. This briefing looks at the developing arrangements in England but also what is happening in Scotland and Wales.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Ofsted evaluation: how ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation

Ofsted’s Fight or flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation: evaluation report (January 2020) looks at schools ‘stuck’ on inadequate Ofsted ratings over a long period of time, comparing them to schools that have been ‘stuck’ but which have since managed to raise their Ofsted grade.

England & Wales
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Childcare costs and availability 2021 – Coram Family and Childcare

The role of childcare in supporting parents in employment is often overlooked. As much of the provision is in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, with local authority oversight to ensure sufficiency, it has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at the current position using the recent annual update from the…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Greener homes: the UK grant schemes that hit a red light

The green homes grant voucher scheme was meant to provide a jobs boost (post-Covid) and tackle the climate emergency by making homes more energy-efficient – it did neither. A report by the National Audit Office looks at what went wrong.

England & Wales, Scotland