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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Education, Health and Care Plans: Ombudsman complaints – England

The number of complaints to the Ombudsman about Education, Health and care Plans is increasing rapidly. The rate of finding against local authorities and their partners has risen from just over 50% to almost 90%. A checklist is provided for LAs to review practice and reduce complaints.

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Assessing children at the start of schooling in England

Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.

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Adoption Support Fund: recent DfE and APPG reports

The fund supports adopted children and their families in England and is administered by local government. The DfE and an APPG have produced reports on the fund in the light of it needing to be renewed as part of the forthcoming spending review.

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Childhood – Action for Children and other reports

In the last two months there have been three reports on the state of childhood in the UK. This briefing focuses mainly on the Action for Children report which shows the widening gap between children growing up in vulnerable circumstances and those growing up in greater affluence. Policy recommendations are made.

England & Wales Briefing
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Spending Round 2019: Analysis

This briefing is the second of three assessing the Chancellor’s spending announcements made in Spending Round 2019. it looks at the current state of public finances and the shortening available spending headroom under current fiscal rules. A page has been turned on austerity, but much remains uncertain.

England & Wales Briefing
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School Transport – DfE consultation and current state of provision

The draft revised guidance clarifies LA statutory duties on home to school transport responding to concerns that some policies contain unlawful elements or are unclear and difficult to understand. Consultation closes 31 October 2019. The briefing also surveys the current state of provision.

England & Wales Briefing