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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SOLACE Filling the gap: the Championing Role of English Councils in Education

SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has published a ‘call to action’ for English councils to ensure that, collectively, they (i) continue to demonstrate their commitment to keeping councils central to the pursuit of educational excellence to secure the best outcome for communities and (ii) visibly lead and actively shape the policy and…

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Update on Healthwatch

This briefing provides an update on: * the final form of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in respect of Healthwatch * national policy and practical aspects of Healthwatch not covered in the legislation * latest information on funding of Healthwatch * provisions local authorities must make for healthcare complaints and advocacy services It…

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Guidance on Exclusions from maintained schools, Academies and PRUs in England

The DfE has issued revised guidance and regulations on exclusions from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England. These relate to exclusions which occur from 1 September 2012. The guidance includes statutory guidance to which head teachers, governing bodies, local authorities, Academy Trusts, independent review panel members and clerks, and special educational needs…

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Local measures to promote walking and cycling

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance called Walking and Cycling: Local Measures to Promote Walking and Cycling as Forms of Travel or Recreation. The guidance makes 10 recommendations: 1. involve public health professionals: ensure a senior member of the public health team is responsible for promoting both walking…

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Queen’s Speech 2012

'- The Queen’s Speech on 9th May will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2012/13 Parliamentary session. - This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. - This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and…

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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

On 27 March 2012 the DfE published its revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage for implementation from September 2012. The framework – which applies to all Early Years Providers - replaces the 2008 version, and defines what providers need to do to promote the learning and development of children in their care,…

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Children and outdoor play

This briefing provides an overview of two recently published documents advocating the importance of outdoor play for children, and the role of local authorities to provide for outdoor play. A Natural Childhood published by the National Trust generated a significant amount of national press coverage on the decline in outdoor play, especially the lack of…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2012

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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Improving attendance at school

The DfE has published Improving attendance at school, the report of a review by Charlie Taylor, the Government’s Expert Adviser on Behaviour. Responding, the Secretary of State, who commissioned the work, described it as an ‘excellent review’. He agreed with the need for a fundamental change of approach, outlining some proposed actions, and has already…

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