Ofsted’s Fight or flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation: evaluation report (January 2020) looks at schools ‘stuck’ on inadequate Ofsted ratings over a long period of time, comparing them to schools that have been ‘stuck’ but which have since managed to raise their Ofsted grade.
Climate change is having a devastating impact on human health around the world, both in terms of physical and mental health conditions. This briefing examines four successful ways in which Local Authorities across Europe are addressing the issue of air pollution within their cities.
The Centenary Commission on Adult Education, a group of seven educational bodies with an interest in adult education, has published a new report “A Permanent National Necessity…” Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for 21st Century Britain establishing a vision for the future of adult education including the restoring local councils’ role in adult education.
This briefing reviews house price trends and their implications in the final year of the decade and considers some sectoral perspectives in that regard, which emerged in comments and reports during 2019.
The Social Housing Green Paper has recently celebrated its first birthday. A draft Social Housing Bill following on from the proposals was promised in “the spring” of 2019. As we enter the spring of 2020 – where is it?
This briefing considers the subject of house price issues, particularly from the perspective of affordability and the sustainability of the market, as reflected in reports and assessments by various expert commentators.
The Children’s Commissioner for England’s report ‘Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system’ (December 2019) finds that “immediate action needs to be taken to protect the rights of children who have been disadvantaged by being sent long distances from home, but above all, a fundamental review is required to look at repairing a…
The housing briefing this month could more properly be described as a personal blog that looks at the state of housing policy in Ireland in the run-up to the general election. With the housing crisis showing little sign of easing and given the importance of the issue to the public, we can expect all the…
The report Health Mortality and Life Expectancy trends in the UK – stalling progress, from the Health Foundation, presents new analysis of mortality data. It explores what has happened, who is affected and what is driving current trends.
This briefing considers three themes from the Queen’s Speech – levelling up, empowering local communities, and a ‘one nation’ Union – in the context of two major long run local authority ambitions – enhanced devolution and local growth.