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Academy accounts and performance – Commons Public Accounts Committee

This briefing summaries the UK House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report Academy accounts and performance (HC 1597, 23 January 2019). It is part of the committee’s ongoing work scrutinising the accounting and management of public spending by the Department for Education (DfE). This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers…

England & Wales
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Planning for Affordable Housing

The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.

England & Wales
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Housing and planning round-up February 2019

This month’s round-up features housebuilding news and include items on a new complaints service, overcrowding, brexit, renting back right to buy homes, planning appeals and garden towns. It lists the latest consultations.

England & Wales
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Ofsted Annual Report 2017-18

Ofsted’s Annual Report covers inspection evidence from early years, schools, children’s social care, and further education and skills as well as the inspectorate’s advice to government. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.

England & Wales, Scotland
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All together now: how are we doing with Participation Requests?

Participation Requests came into effect in April 2017, and 31 had been reported by local authorities in Scotland up to the end of December 2018. This briefing assesses the participation requests received to date and considers the learning to emerge from early adopters.

Scotland
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Tackling disadvantage in the early years – Commons Education Committee

The report finds that despite the government’s efforts to improve early years education, there is lack of direction in the approach. Reform of the 30 hours free childcare offer is sought to help disadvantaged children as part of a strategy to join up early years services and build on the success of children’s centres and…

England & Wales