Essential reading: Education and children's services

Local government is responsible for a diverse range of services that have huge implications for the life chances of children and young people.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resources.

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Backgrounder on children’s services for new councillors

Sometimes you just want to know the essentials – the background to a subject – either because you are fairly new to it or you need a bit of a refresher. This is a guide about how your role as a councillor overlaps with children’s services. Read this guide.

What can UK authorities learn from Australia’s approach to parenting support?

Parenting and balancing work and family life are at the top of the agenda in the UK. What can UK local authorities learn from the Australian experience of parenting support? Read this article.

Education and children’s services in England in 2022: the Ofsted Annual Report

Want to know more about the full range of education, children’s services and skills training in England and the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, and staffing and funding shortfalls? This briefing addresses the most recent annual report by England’s chief inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Read the briefing.

Global Local: Emerging technologies in education

Have you discovered our Global Local bulletin? Each week we take a theme and bring you stories, ideas and inspiration from local government and its partners around the world. This edition from summer 2022 looked at how new technologies are opening up opportunities – and challenges – to students and educators. Read this Global Local.

Delving deeper

If we’ve piqued your interest, why not browse through the our education and children’s services topic page. From policy briefings to podcasts we have a wide range of content exploring this subject. Go to topic page.

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