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Invisible Men: Notes from the local government book club

Alice Buszard reflects on the ideas raised at LGIU’s first-ever local government book club meeting, where participants discussed “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez and considered how the information set out in the book could shape local government policymaking.

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Ending homelessness with data and evidence: invitation for councils

Dr Ligia Teixeira, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, fills us in on their newly launched What Works Community: Local Government initiative, which is recruiting local authorities to join it and focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.

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A view from the school – National Education Union

Nansi Ellis, Assistant General Secretary for education policy and research at National Education Union, fills us in on the four key issues that still need addressing as a priority for the reopening of schools in England.

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Back to school in Ireland

1 million children returned to school in Ireland this week, with a staggered return across school years as is normally the case for the first week of Irish schools. Though of course, this year was a wholly different environment. LGIU’s Seán Ó’Riordáin explains how Ireland is coping with the reopening of schools.

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Stepping into Leadership – how to improve your personal leadership skills

Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, fills us in on ‘Stepping into Leadership’, a new, freely available online course seeking to support individuals in improving their personal leadership skills – noting that leadership is not confined to those at the ‘top’ of organisations.

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Time to bite the green bullet?

LGIU’s Kim Fellows recently attended a New Economics Foundation seminar on how to win green recovery. In this blog, she outlines the sentiments of the speakers, which suggest a bolder reshaping of our current political and economic system may be necessary for real change.

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Back to school during Covid-19

As Scottish and Irish schools are consolidating lessons from returning to in-person teaching during a pandemic and English schools prepare to go back, Beth Lerner, an educator in the state school system in Tennessee, shares her experience of teaching in a country with rising Covid-19 cases – both as parent and teacher.

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Excuse me… why is it women are not seen?

In advance of LGIU’s inaugural book club meeting on 27 August, Kim Fellows weighs in on Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men, and the exclusion of women in designing the environments around us – from PPE not fitting women’s bodies to Alexa not recognising female voices.

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