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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Tackling period poverty: lessons from Scotland

Scotland is the first nation in the world to offer free period products in all schools, colleges and universities. But why is this necessary? This briefing examines the phenomenon of period poverty and what is being done across the UK, and in Ireland, to tackle it.

Ireland Briefing
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A new measure of poverty for the UK: a report by the Social Metrics Commission

In September 2018, the Social Metrics Commission produced a report which outlined a new approach to poverty measurement for the UK. The new metric reflects more accurately the realities and experiences of living in poverty than previous measures.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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DfE research: Secondary school choice and selection

DfE publication ‘Secondary school choice and selection’ looks at how parental choice and admissions vary across different English cities, and for different socio-demographic groups within those cities, and the relationship to social mobility and equality of access.

England & Wales Briefing
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Apprenticeships – what’s happening

The Government’s apprenticeships reforms aim to set new standards, involve employers more, increase and widen participation, and ensure sustainable employment. This briefing looks at the Government’s assessment of its programme.

England & Wales Briefing
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Early Years Education: Two research reports

DfE commissioned Early years research finds socio-economic factors account for longer term outcomes better than regional factors, and an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report finds there remains gaps in understanding of what works in early years education creating problems for policy makers.

England & Wales Briefing
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Tackling period poverty: Scotland in the lead

Scotland is the first nation in the world to offer free period products in all schools, colleges and universities. But why is this necessary? This briefing examines the phenomenon of period poverty and what is being done across the UK to tackle it.

Scotland Briefing

Viewpoint: A child friendly election in Norway

Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo.  Save the Children Norway (SCN) argues that the staggering result demonstrates ‘how willing and eager children…

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Building resilience: good mental health for young people

By the time they are 16, three children in every classroom in Scotland will have experienced a mental health problem. This briefing will address the current state of mental health provision for children and young people and what role local government can play in improving outcomes.

Scotland Briefing
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DCMS: Civil Society Strategy

The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public…

England & Wales Briefing