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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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Coronavirus: Education, children’s social care services, childcare and skills: Coronavirus Act and DfE Guidance – England

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the DfE has issued, and intends to update as necessary, at least 13 separate pieces of guidance and other advice. This briefing summarises the guidance from the perspective of those needing to implement the guidance in local government. The briefing also looks at relevant provisions in the Coronavirus Act…

England & Wales Briefing
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Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland – policy and progress

Scottish Government aim to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life to reduce the poverty-related attainment gap. This briefing summarises the actions being taken by Scottish Government to provide an overview of progress, responsibilities and signposting for local authorities. This briefing will be of interest to those working in education, social…

Scotland Briefing
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Sign of the Times: Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winner

This is the first instalment in our series of briefings exploring winning programmes from the 2019 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards, following on from successful coverage of the 2017 and 2018 award winners. This week we’re taking a look at the winner of the Disability Services Provision category – Tipperary County Council’s Sign…

Ireland Briefing
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Swift Read: Scotland’s Care Review – how mentoring programs help care-experienced young people

The Scottish Care Review, published in February 2020, involved 5,500 interviews with care-experienced people and those who worked with them. A series of significant failings were noted, leading to calls for the service to be replaced; this briefing will focus on the role that mentoring programmes could play in improving outcomes for care-experienced young people.

Scotland Briefing
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GCSE in England: impact of the 2015 reforms and current debate

This briefing is on two reports (both December 2019) evaluating aspects of the GCSE changes: The Sutton Trust, supported by the FFT Education Datalab: Making the Grade: The impact of GCSE reforms on the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers; and Ofqual: GCSE reform in schools: The impact of GCSE reforms on students’ preparedness.

England & Wales Briefing
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Children, young people and domestic abuse: Why we need to intervene early

This briefing examines the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people and how early intervention works to improve their safety and wellbeing, and contributes to improving their long-term outcomes after experiencing such adversity. It then goes on to highlight several early intervention approaches and services around Scotland that work to improve outcomes for…

Scotland Briefing
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Ofsted Annual Report 2018-19

This briefing is on Ofsted’s annual report, formally known as The Annual Report of the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2018-19 (21 January 2020) as well as the Ofsted press release Chief Inspector warns against pursuing success without substance and a regional breakdown of stuck schools

England & Wales Briefing
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A different model for children’s social care?

This briefing is on a blueprint setting out a different model for children’s social work that better enables relationships between social workers and children and families and provides a practical route for local authorities in England to create long term change. A Blueprint for Children’s Social Care has been produced by Frontline, the charity with…

England & Wales Briefing