Education and children's services

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



Getting children back to school

Restarting school education following the lockdown while Covid-19 is still prevalent in the country was always going to be difficult. This briefing looks at attendance statistics, and government guidance as schools prepared for, and started, the 2021-22 school year.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Bundle: Creating better places with children and young people

This bundle highlights how local authorities can work with children and young people to create communities more suited to their current priorities and future needs in the wake of widespread disruption from the pandemic.

Global Publication

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 Briefing

Primer on children’s services for new councillors

All councillors have a role in supporting public and voluntary services for children. Many councils also support youth councils and young mayors which enable the young people in your local authority to engage with local civic functions. Here is a guide on how your role as a councillor overlaps with children’s services.

England & Wales Publication

Should training for councillors on the corporate parenting role be mandatory?

The July 2021 report on Children in the care of Lambeth Council by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) set out the Council’s institutional failure to protect children in care from sexual abuse, cruelty and exploitation over many decades. This blog discusses the report’s recommendation that there should be mandatory training of elected…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Global Local: Think Tank Review

We’re bringing you the latest locally-focused ideas from think tanks and research institutes around the globe. See the latest on climate, public space, social policy and local democracy.

Global Briefing

School funding in England: NAO report and DfE consultation

The funding of schools in England is a controversial issue. This briefing looks at the National Audit Office (NAO) July 2021 report ‘School funding in England’. In the light of national decisions on overall funding and the DfE consultation on the next steps of the national funding formula (close of consultation 30 September 2021).

England & Wales Briefing

Results week 2021: the issues and implications

Academic results have again been at the front of the news headlines recently. This briefing gives an overview of results week, particularly focusing on the 2021 A-level and Highers results and looks at the run-up to the 2021 examination season and the implications it holds for the future.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
Members & Followers

Generation Covid: The impact on young people in the UK – Youth Affairs APPG

The report ‘Generation COVID: The economic impact of COVID-19 on young people in the United Kingdom’, published in May 2021 by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs, puts a spotlight on the economic impact of the pandemic on young people and calls for better financial, educational and employment support for young people…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing