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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Covid-19: what about free school education? A personal view

It’s the 75th anniversary of abolition of school fees this month, but what does it mean when perhaps 95% of children and young people are now home learning? And should the additional costs of home learning be met by the state? John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGIU tries to answer these questions.

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Covid-19: Child contact centres during the pandemic

Contact with both parents is vitally important for children of separated families. Elizabeth Coe, Chief Executive of the National Association of Child Contact Centres, explains how they are working to maintain that contact at this time.

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Covid-19: School examinations and assessments 2020: what’s happening

Following the cancellation of 2020 examinations and assessments in all United Kingdom schools, this briefing looks at the arrangements which have been put in place in England and Scotland to assess secondary-aged students in to assist with their educational and life progression.

England & Wales Briefing

School’s out! … not

Colin Pettigrew from Nottinghamshire County Council on how schools are responding to the need to support children of key workers and the most vulnerable children in society.

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Coronavirus: Education, children’s social care services, childcare and skills: Coronavirus Act and DfE Guidance – England

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the DfE has issued, and intends to update as necessary, at least 15 separate pieces of guidance and other advice. This briefing summarises the guidance from the perspective of those needing to implement the guidance in local government. The briefing also looks at relevant provisions in the Coronavirus Act…

England & Wales Briefing
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Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland – policy and progress

A number of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) programmes in Scotland, integrated or closely linked to those relating to improving attainment and closing the gap, have been initiated as part of the ELC strategy. This briefing provides an opportunity to reflect on some of the main areas with implications for local authorities.

Scotland Briefing
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Ofsted Report: How schools respond to financial pressure

This briefing summarises an Ofsted research report which explores how schools make decisions when they are under financial pressure, and what impact these decisions could have on the quality of education they provide. The report was accompanied by a blog commentary from the Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman which proved to be controversial in her apparent…

England & Wales Briefing