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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Learning from school statistics in 2019

In December 2019, the annual statistical publication ‘Summary statistics for schools in Scotland’ was published, providing vital information for local authorities to plan strategies for delivering excellence in education.

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Ofsted evaluation: how ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation

Ofsted’s Fight or flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation: evaluation report (January 2020) looks at schools ‘stuck’ on inadequate Ofsted ratings over a long period of time, comparing them to schools that have been ‘stuck’ but which have since managed to raise their Ofsted grade.

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Adult Education – A permanent national necessity?

The Centenary Commission on Adult Education, a group of seven educational bodies with an interest in adult education, has published a new report “A Permanent National Necessity…” Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for 21st Century Britain establishing a vision for the future of adult education including the restoring local councils’ role in adult education.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Pass the parcel – Children posted around the care system – Children’s Commissioner for England

The Children’s Commissioner for England’s report ‘Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system’ (December 2019) finds that “immediate action needs to be taken to protect the rights of children who have been disadvantaged by being sent long distances from home, but above all, a fundamental review is required to look at repairing a…

England & Wales Briefing
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University technical colleges – NAO report

The National Audit Office has reported on the Government initiative in England to improve technical education by establishing separate educational institutions – University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – for 14 to 19-year olds. A key finding is that the 48 UTCs in January 2019 were operating at 45% capacity on average.

England & Wales Briefing
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International Comparisons: PISA Education report 2018

The OECD publishes its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) information every three years, and the introduction to this year’s report claims that “PISA is not only the world’s most comprehensive and reliable indicator of students’ capabilities, it is also a powerful tool that countries and economies can use to fine-tune their education policies.”.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Commons Education Committee

A look at the House of Commons Education Committee’s report Special educational needs and disabilities (October 2019). The report aims to influence the forthcoming spending review and to examine the effect of government policies on the implementation of the 2014 Act.

England & Wales Briefing

Towards child friendly cities

LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler visited Bristol to find out what they’re doing to make their city truly child friendly and what that means for us grown-ups.

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