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Research and Policy

ADCS April 2012: The Missing Link: the evolving role of the local authority in school improvement:
This paper contains a foreword and recommendations by ADCS for local authorities and the Department for Education and executive summaries of the two full reports.

Two research papers published by ADCS make a significant contribution to one of the most important policy dilemmas facing local authorities – what is the local authority's role with schools, and particularly in ensuring that every child receives a suitable and high-quality education? They include case studies of successful authorities (including Hertfordshire) and some examples of the different models of school engagement that are emerging.

Schools causing concern – a research project: Debbie Pritchard, freelance Children’s Services professional, has undertaken substantial research into local authority approaches to working with schools causing concern. This report will be of interest to policy-makers, practitioners and senior managers.

The future role of the local authority: This ‘think piece’ produced by Jonathan Crossley Holland examines the national policy context and local authority responses to it. The report will be of interest to senior managers and policy makers considering how their local authority might respond to the national changes.




Education Performance Target Setting 2012

This DfE guidance provides support for local authorities and schools in setting education performance targets for summer 2012 designed to show the best possible outcomes for all pupils. It includes important changes to the role of local authorities and schools in the 2012 statutory target setting round: