Topic: 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.

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Munro Review of Child Protection: Progress report (May 2012)

Prof. Eileen Munro has published a progress report on implementation of the recommendations of her Review of Child Protection – the final report of which was published a year ago. Her overall conclusion is that progress is moving in the right direction but it needs to move faster. She acknowledges the context of radical changes…

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On Your Radar May 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition highlights: Upcoming briefings The Queen’s Speech Police and Crime Commissioners

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NICE public health draft guidance on obesity

This briefing covers the recent draft guidance by NICE on obesity on which it is seeking views. It discusses a community-based multi-sectoral approach. It will be useful to all those concerned with public health in local government and to Members and officers involved in planning, transport, leisure, walking, cycling, the health of staff and communities’…

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Support and aspiration: a new approach to SEN and disability – progress and next steps

The DfE has published its response to the consultation on last year’s Green Paper, Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability. The new report describes the progress being made on implementation of proposals and the next steps, including legislation in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill expected to be introduced…

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Health and Wellbeing Boards: system leaders or talking shops?

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health and Wellbeing Boards – system leaders or talking shops? Summary This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Kings Fund survey of health and wellbeing boards which presents findings on issues such as: membership leadership and expectations. The Kings Fund also identifies key themes and…

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Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report

• Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report is an evaluation of what works well in Apprenticeship Programmes, It is based on an in-depth study by inspectors of a representative sample of 15 providers rated good or outstanding • Teaching and assessing to exacting standards, good quality regular review processes, high levels of…

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Adoption scorecards

The DfE has published controversial new ‘adoption scorecards’, highlighting three indicators of how quickly each local authority places children in need of adoption. They are described as ‘a key plank in the Government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system’, and the Children’s Minister has said “we won’t hesitate to intervene where the…

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Gypsies and Travellers: two new government reports

The government has published two key documents: its final planning policy for traveller sites the first progress report on the ministerial group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers across the council and partner organisations who are involved with gypsy and traveller communities, including…

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DfE – Statutory Guidance for Schools and Local Authorities on Careers Guidance and consultation on extending the age range

• The Department for Education has published statutory guidance on the provision of careers guidance for pupils in school years 9 to 11. • The guidance follows closely the tenant of the new duty which comes into force in September 2012 for schools in England to secure independent and impartial careers advice for their pupils.…

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