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Ofsted evaluation: how ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation

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.

England & Wales
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Air pollution and mental health: four ways to prevent a health crisis

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.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Adult Education – A permanent national necessity?

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.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Whatever happened to the Social Housing Green Paper?

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?

England & Wales
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Foxes and Hedgehogs: Future directions for housing policy

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…

Ireland
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Enhanced devolution and ‘levelling up’ in 2020 and beyond

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.

England & Wales, Scotland