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Putting students and parents first – Labour Party review

The Labour Party has published its ‘review of education structures, functions and the raising of standards for all’, Putting students and parents first, which was led by former Education Secretary David Blunkett. It sets out 40 recommendations aimed at ‘[raising] standards and offering equal opportunity to all children, facilitated by bringing about coherence, consistency and…

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Care Quality Commission: consultation on new inspection, regulation and rating regime

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a range of detailed handbooks on how services in health and care are to be inspected from October 2014. ◾Adult social care handbooks include: residential, community and hospice services. ◾NHS handbooks include: acute hospitals, specialist mental health hospitals, community health services, and GP practices and out of hours…

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Can we trust the crime figures?

The briefing summarises Caught Red Handed Why We Can't Count on the Police Recorded Crime Statistics, a report published by the Public Administration Select Committee in April 2014, and reactions to it.

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Digital in the public sector

'- This briefing is designed to give a broad overview of the digital agenda as applied to local government. - Digital technology and the move to digital service delivery is a re-occurring theme in reports, news feeds, blogs and articles. It is seen as one of the main ways to improve service delivery while reducing…

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Childminder agencies and changes to the local authority role – DfE Consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) are consulting (until 22 May 2014) on the implementation of two changes to the law arising out of the early education and childcare provisions in Part 4 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Specifically, views are sought on draft regulations under section 84 (and schedule 4) on Childminder Agencies,…

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Early Years – Ofsted annual report – 2012-13

Ofsted has published its annual report of the early years sector for 2012/13 (part of HMCI’s annual report), for the first time as a separate document. (Separate reports on children’s social care, schools and the FE and skills sector were published in October and December 2013. See Related Briefings.) The report was launched with a…

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New National Curriculum assessment arrangements: NAHT Commission Report

This briefing summarises the National Association of Headteachers’ (NAHT) Commission on assessment in schools (February 2014). The NAHT established a Commission to examine testing and assessment in schools, in response to the government’s decision to abandon the use of levels and level descriptors as part of its review of the National Curriculum. This briefing will…

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Primary and 16-19 accountability – DfE response

The schools minister David Laws made a written statement to Parliament on 27 March 2014 on Primary and 16-to-19 Assessment and Accountability. On the same day, the DfE issued a press release Step-change in ambition will mean higher standards for all and published the responses to the 2013 primary and 16-19 accountability consultations: Reforming assessment…

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Statistical Digest of Rural England 2014

The Statistical Digest of Rural England is a regular Defra publication covering a range of economic and social phenomena including employment, education, health, poverty, accessibility to services, and crime. This latest edition was published in March 2014. On a range of indicators, including health and poverty, rural areas tend to perform better than rural areas.…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2014

Summary The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in…

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