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Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher than the national average, with…

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Viewpoint: Brexit – a view from Ireland

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network in Ireland, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from Ireland’s perspective.

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Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

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Viewpoint: Our school system – the way ahead

Approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the “self-improving school-led system” concept we are at a cross-road for our schools system. Do we continue to develop a genuinely school-led system, writes Nick MacKenzie, or do the current tensions in the system lead us in a different direction?

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Viewpoint: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded than most of the ‘fake news’ and hysterical banners with which we are daily assailed from national politicians and their preferred media platforms, says David Marlow.

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Viewpoint: Teacher vacancies a varied picture

The news that teacher numbers were down in 2017, as measured by the DfE’s School Workforce Census, doesn’t tell the whole story, says Oxfordshire Councillor John Howson.

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Viewpoint: Local authorities are paving the way to tackling inequality

Some local authorities are taking a lead in delivering on the socio-economic duty of the Equality Act, even though it is not a statutory requirement. Dr Koldo Casla introudces Just Fair’s research which examines these examples and what makes them work.

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