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Progress on improving school outcomes in Scotland

Audit Scotland’s report ‘Improving outcomes for young people through school education’ suggests that whilst attainment and progression have improved, progress is not fast enough and is uneven across local authorities. This briefing covers the Audit Scotland report and other recent reports on the school system from Scotland Government and voluntary bodies.

Scotland
Members

School Admissions in England – 2021 update

Managing the process of admission of children to schools remains one of the key local government education tasks in England. To support this, there is a School Admissions Code. The Department for Education (DfE) in England has published a revised version (May 2021) of the Code. This briefing looks at the revised Code and also…

England & Wales
Members

UK parliamentary legislation update June 2021

Catch up in this briefing on the progress of bills going through the UK parliament that are of particular relevance to local government in our regular parliamentary update.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

White working class pupils – Commons Education Committee

This briefing reviews the House of Commons Education Committee June report on the educational achievement of white working-class children. Using data gathered from England they found students have been “let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking”.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

IFS 2021 report: Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK

This briefing covers the 2021 report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on trends in living standards, poverty, and inequality in the UK. The IFS publish regularly on living standards and inequality but in this report, there is a focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Full reopening of schools in England – March 2021

The full reopening of schools in England on 8 March 2021 has been accompanied by Government guidance, controversy over testing, protection of staff, arrangements for ‘catch-up’, and celebration by children, parents and school staff. This briefing provides an update on these developments and considers the implications for the education system going forward, as well as…

England & Wales
Members & Followers

The future of schooling post Covid-19 and beyond

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted all sections of society and exposed its fault lines, particularly in education systems across the world. Governments across the world are focussing on returning their education systems to normality and on ensuring that national ‘catch up’ funding is utilised as swiftly as possible. However, as we struggle with the recovery…

England & Wales, Global
Members & Followers

Testing times: update on school examinations in England in 2020 and 2021

Issues in relation to proposals for awards and examinations in 2020 and 2021 are discussed, including their impact on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, the likelihood of grade inflation in 2020, equalities impacts and their effect on the publication of performance tables and the school accountability regime.

England & Wales
Members

A budget of hope and confidence…?

In the following briefing, Dr. Seán Ó’Riordáin provides an overview of the budget with a particular focus on local government and issues of concern to the local authorities in Ireland. The briefing has this focus as invariably big-ticket spending such as Education and Health unsurprisingly will be the focus of the national media. Nonetheless, there…

Ireland