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Local authorities are at the forefront of providing eduction services for their communities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.

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Pass the parcel – Children posted around the care system – Children’s Commissioner for England

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…

England & Wales Briefing
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University technical colleges – NAO report

The National Audit Office has reported on the Government initiative in England to improve technical education by establishing separate educational institutions – University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – for 14 to 19-year olds. A key finding is that the 48 UTCs in January 2019 were operating at 45% capacity on average.

England & Wales Briefing
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Is the Iceland model for reducing teenage smoking, drinking and drug use the reason why Iceland beat England in Euro 2016?

Iceland has radically reduced rates of teenage smoking, drinking and drug use in the past 20 years through its “Youth in Iceland” programme to tackle behavioural addiction. This briefing examines why other countries, including the UK, aren’t following suit, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers, in OECD countries, with responsibility for…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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International Comparisons: PISA Education report 2018

The OECD publishes its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) information every three years, and the introduction to this year’s report claims that “PISA is not only the world’s most comprehensive and reliable indicator of students’ capabilities, it is also a powerful tool that countries and economies can use to fine-tune their education policies.”.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Commons Education Committee

A look at the House of Commons Education Committee’s report Special educational needs and disabilities (October 2019). The report aims to influence the forthcoming spending review and to examine the effect of government policies on the implementation of the 2014 Act.

England & Wales Briefing

Towards child friendly cities

LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler visited Bristol to find out what they’re doing to make their city truly child friendly and what that means for us grown-ups.

England & Wales, Global Blog Post Blog
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General Election 2019: Liberal Democrats and Green Party manifestos

This briefing is one of a series on the general election. It provides an overview of the key proposals in the Green Party and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos, covering those areas of most interest to local government in England and Wales. LGiU briefings on other Westminster party manifestos can be found in our general election bundle.

England & Wales Briefing