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Cuts to education grants could leave five million children at risk, says LGA

16.03.17: Councils could be at risk of failing to fulfil their duties of protecting school children under new rules and funding arrangements that will see £600m worth of grants cut from budgets, local authorities have warned today. Local counci...

Spring Budget: Further education devolution needed to fix broken school estate

09.03.17: Councils have urged the government to further devolve powers for education funding to local government following the chancellor’s promise in the Spring Budget to open 500 new free schools by 2020. Philip Hammond also announced that &p...

Academies making it harder for councils to provide first-choice school places

02.03.17: More than half of local councils saw a drop in the proportion of children given their first choice of secondary school, a report on secondary school figures revealed, fuelling evidence that councils were finding it increasingly difficult to acco...

Teaching in the 21st century: what comes next?

27.02.17: Terese Bird, educational designer at Leicester Medical School, University of Leicester, discusses the future of higher education, virtual reality (VR) and education apps. After almost 20 years working to shape university teaching and learni...

Councils face ‘significant risk’ in fixing deteriorating school estate

23.02.17: Local councils face “significant challenges” in providing enough places in schools as they struggle to maintain the condition of school estates whilst funds are diverted to open free schools. In a report drawn up by the National...

Introducing learning analytics

23.02.17: Learning analytics make use of the data generated as we learn and teach in order to improve learning and teaching. Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lecturer from The Open University, identifies key areas for action to help your institution make use of...

Failure to launch? The challenges in implementing education technology

20.02.17: Mark Chambers, CEO of Naace, the association for education technology, discusses technology in learning and how to overcome the challenges of implementation. Technology has permeated almost every aspect of modern life: how we work, how we c...

LGA: Allow best council schools to take over struggling academies

13.02.17: High-performing council-maintained schools should be able to overstep existing “bureaucratic barriers” and take over failing academies, particularly the ‘orphan schools’ who cannot find a sponsor because they are deemed u...

Budgets edging closer to ‘breaking point’ as fifth of schools now in deficit

23.01.17: School budgets are edging closer to breaking point as the number of schools in deficit has doubled since 2015, a union of school leaders has warned. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) survey of 1,102 school leaders found growi...

Charities slam Scottish education plans to lessen council responsibilities

12.01.17: Parents and charities have further criticised the Scottish government’s plans to reform the school system, saying it would make no ‘meaningful’ progress on narrowing the country’s attainment gap. The criticisms echoe...

Casey: Schools regulation ‘going in the opposite direction’ in fighting segregation

10.01.17: Children are at risk of being segregated in education because of a lack of council oversight, the head of a government review into integration has said. Dame Louise Casey’s review attracted controversy when it was published in Decembe...

Scottish teaching union warns against ‘distraction’ of government’s school reforms

09.01.17: Scotland’s main teaching union has warned against government plans to reform the influence of councils in the country’s education system, saying that it would be a “significant distraction” from the needs of the sector. ...

LGA calls for small school exemption from apprenticeship levy

06.01.17: Smaller council-maintained schools will face an unfair burden because of the apprenticeship levy, and should be exempt in the same way that small academies and faith schools will be, the LGA has stated. As it stands, the levy will apply to...

Cardiff proposes new co-ordinated school admissions process

04.01.17: Cardiff is looking to become the first local education authority in Wales to trial a co-ordinated approach to secondary school admissions, offering parents more clarity when applying to schools. Currently, the council has separate school ap...

DfE accounts lack ‘truth and fairness’, says auditor general

22.12.16: The comptroller and auditor general has criticised the accuracy and fairness of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) group financial statements, because of irregularities in how the department monitors academy finances. Sir Am...

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As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

22/03/2017Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

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The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
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Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
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Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
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Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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