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Adoption scorecards

The DfE has published controversial new ‘adoption scorecards’, highlighting three indicators of how quickly each local authority places children in need of adoption. They are described as ‘a key plank in the Government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system’, and the Children’s Minister has said “we won’t hesitate to intervene where the…

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Gypsies and Travellers: two new government reports

The government has published two key documents: its final planning policy for traveller sites the first progress report on the ministerial group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers across the council and partner organisations who are involved with gypsy and traveller communities, including…

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SOLACE Filling the gap: the Championing Role of English Councils in Education

SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has published a ‘call to action’ for English councils to ensure that, collectively, they (i) continue to demonstrate their commitment to keeping councils central to the pursuit of educational excellence to secure the best outcome for communities and (ii) visibly lead and actively shape the policy and…

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Update on Healthwatch

This briefing provides an update on: * the final form of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in respect of Healthwatch * national policy and practical aspects of Healthwatch not covered in the legislation * latest information on funding of Healthwatch * provisions local authorities must make for healthcare complaints and advocacy services It…

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Guidance on Exclusions from maintained schools, Academies and PRUs in England

The DfE has issued revised guidance and regulations on exclusions from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England. These relate to exclusions which occur from 1 September 2012. The guidance includes statutory guidance to which head teachers, governing bodies, local authorities, Academy Trusts, independent review panel members and clerks, and special educational needs…

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The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

In the aftermath of local elections and mayoral referendums on May 2012, there is a need to take stock of future prospects for mayoral governance in English Local Authorities, and also of the related implications of concurrent developments for city leadership. This briefing: gives a brief summary of the history of directly elected mayors in…

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Local measures to promote walking and cycling

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance called Walking and Cycling: Local Measures to Promote Walking and Cycling as Forms of Travel or Recreation. The guidance makes 10 recommendations: 1. involve public health professionals: ensure a senior member of the public health team is responsible for promoting both walking…

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Queen’s Speech 2012

'- The Queen’s Speech on 9th May will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2012/13 Parliamentary session. - This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. - This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and…

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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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