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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

On 27 March 2012 the DfE published its revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage for implementation from September 2012. The framework – which applies to all Early Years Providers - replaces the 2008 version, and defines what providers need to do to promote the learning and development of children in their care,…

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Children and outdoor play

This briefing provides an overview of two recently published documents advocating the importance of outdoor play for children, and the role of local authorities to provide for outdoor play. A Natural Childhood published by the National Trust generated a significant amount of national press coverage on the decline in outdoor play, especially the lack of…

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Early Impacts of Work Experience

* Early Impacts of Work Experience is a peer-reviewed assessment of the Government’s Work Experience programme, a programme that received a great deal of criticism at the start of this year. * Its results suggest that Work Experience has been strikingly successful in helping its participants leave benefits and move into employment. * This briefing…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2012

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.

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Mayoral elections

This briefing presents the manifestos of the four main candidates for London Mayor, drawing out those key policies that would impact significantly on the work of local councils and the lives of those whom they represent. It also reflects briefly upon those cities that will be voting on 03 May on whether or not to…

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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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Improving attendance at school

The DfE has published Improving attendance at school, the report of a review by Charlie Taylor, the Government’s Expert Adviser on Behaviour. Responding, the Secretary of State, who commissioned the work, described it as an ‘excellent review’. He agreed with the need for a fundamental change of approach, outlining some proposed actions, and has already…

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The Church School of the Future – review

The Church of England has published a report on its recent review of the future of Church schools. Its aim is to build on developments since the 2001 ‘Dearing report’, recognising the need to respond to the changes brought in by the Coalition Government – particularly the growth of Academies and the consequential opportunities and…

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On Your Radar April 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This briefing includes the second part of the new forward planning document. It also highlights: Future briefings CLG since…

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Open Public Services 2012

'- The Government has published an update on the implementation of its White Paper “Open Public Services” which was published last July. - It provides for a comprehensive update across the Coalition Government’s public service reforms as well as advocating new policy developments most notably in promoting greater choice, redress for service users and decentralisation…

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