The Careers and Enterprise Company’s State of the Nation 2019 report finds careers education is improving overall with over half of schools running regular encounters with employers. Disadvantaged areas are among the highest performing in the country on careers education but great variation in the level and quality of careers education throughout England.
Free schools have been one of the more controversial educational innovations by the UK Government in England since the 2010 general election. This briefing provides a 10-year look at the free school programme and what might happen next.
The Government’s guidance to close all schools, colleges and early years settings to nearly all children and young people in the face of the Covid-19 virus was announced at a Downing Street press briefing on 18 March. This brieing looks at what happended naext, evidence of the effect of length of school year on learning…
It’s the 75th anniversary of abolition of school fees this month, but what does it mean when perhaps 95% of children and young people are now home learning? And should the additional costs of home learning be met by the state? John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGIU tries to answer these questions.
Future proofing the provision of heat for local government: the pros and cons of heat decarbonisation technologies
To meet the UK’s climate change targets, a major transformation to the way heating is delivered will be needed. This briefing will be of interest to councils who want to reduce the heat-related carbon emissions of their assets, but are unsure as to the best technology to deploy to achieve this.
This briefing covers the government’s one year update of the 2012 strategic framework for low carbon heat. The update makes use of more complex energy modelling and details specific policy announcements and support designed to decarbonise the UK’s heating requirements by 2050 in a cost-effective way. The strategy update contains specific incentives targeted at local…
The last few weeks saw the release of two important reports from the UK and Scottish Governments concerning the decarbonisation agenda and post Covid-19 green recovery respectively; the UK wide ‘Net Zero Decarbonisation Report’ and the Scotland-focussed ‘Green Recovery Inquiry’. This briefing highlights the key themes and policy recommendations for local government.
This briefing explores local government’s potential role in decarbonization, looking at how councils can take action, along with some local government case studies. This briefing concludes with a framework for the development of a local action plan for emissions reduction.
After pilot studies, the UK Government is planning to make voting conditional on the production of photographic identification at polling stations in UK parliamentary elections and in local elections in England. We review and comment on the issues raised by reports on the pilots. The briefing was written before Covid-19.
This briefing outlines the importance of biodiversity and explores what local government can do to protect it, defining what ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ means. Additionally, national and international examples of ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ are explored, extracting ways in which issues of biodiversity are being integrated into local government policymaking. This topic may be of particular interest to planning…