The Careers and Enterprise Company’s State of the Nation 2019 report finds careers education is improving overall with over half of schools running regular encounters with employers. Disadvantaged areas are among the highest performing in the country on careers education but great variation in the level and quality of careers education throughout England.
As more students choose to study internationally, local governments can positively address the impact of international students on cities. This briefing showcases how local government in three cities in Scotland, England, and Australia incorporate international students into their strategic planning to reap significant benefits to local areas, such as promoting investment and addressing demographic concerns.
A look at the Regional Adoption Agencies – the Government initiative in England to create 25-30 regional bodies to take over and streamline the child adoption process from local government and voluntary bodies.
A look at the career patterns, motivation, job expectations and professional development of local authority children and family social workers in England
The number of complaints to the Ombudsman about Education, Health and care Plans is increasing rapidly. The rate of finding against local authorities and their partners has risen from just over 50% to almost 90%. A checklist is provided for LAs to review practice and reduce complaints.
A compendium of announcements on early years, education, youth service, safeguarding and skills made at the 2019 Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Conference.
Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.
The fund supports adopted children and their families in England and is administered by local government. The DfE and an APPG have produced reports on the fund in the light of it needing to be renewed as part of the forthcoming spending review.
While some SEND pupils are receiving high quality support, NAO express “significant concerns” that many others are not being supported effectively, and those without Education, Health and Care plans are particularly exposed.
In the last two months there have been three reports on the state of childhood in the UK. This briefing focuses mainly on the Action for Children report which shows the widening gap between children growing up in vulnerable circumstances and those growing up in greater affluence. Policy recommendations are made.