• Inspiring a new generation

    14 September 2020

    Future First works with state schools and colleges to link young people with alumni and employers, making it the perfect fit this year as the official charity for the The MJ Awards, says Nancy Scott.

  • Doing our best for Calderdale’s kids

    14 September 2020

    Robin Tuddenham says a cautious approach to schools opening earlier in the year has made the full return of pupils this month ‘a collaborative effort built upon respect’.

  • Learning from cancelled systems

    30 August 2020

    Research examining the use of predictive data in public services in countries across the world has identified more than 50 systems that have been paused or cancelled. Dr Joanna Redden and Anna Grant look at the emerging findings.

  • High hopes for high needs

    30 August 2020

    IMPOWER has published a list of the best performing councils on high needs. Leo Jones takes a look at who's on it and at what makes them so good.

  • The problem with averages

    30 August 2020

    In the aftermath of the exams disaster it should sound obvious that the individual matters, says Dan Corry – but it is a point missed out far too often in policy analysis.

  • Building a way ahead for our young people

    20 August 2020

    Lord Gary Porter says he is supporting Future First’s alumni networks crowdfunder because he wants young people to have the chance to build their lives on the kind of support he got from the LGA when he entered politics.

  • Government makes exam grades U-turn

    18 August 2020

    The education secretary has bowed to public pressure and announced students will receive teacher-assessed grades.

  • Mayor takes legal action over A-levels

    17 August 2020

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to begin legal proceedings against the exams watchdog over its handling of A-level results.

  • To the moon and back

    30 July 2020

    The model for getting a man on the moon is a good one for the post COVID world of local government, even if councils don’t have the same open-ended budget, says Blair McPherson.

  • Video conferencing has boosted partnership working

    20 July 2020

    Use of video conferencing is helping local councils to achieve more, and the convenience factor is bringing many benefits for partnership working, says Michael Bracey.

  • This is a partial kickstart at best

    14 July 2020

    Tom Stannard says that while the Kickstart job creation scheme is welcome, an inclusive all-ages progression strategy for both young people and working age adults is vital .

  • Breathing new life into the City

    02 June 2020

    As the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, leader of Westminster City Council Cllr Rachael Robathan describes some key elements of a rolling renewal programme for the heart of the capital.

  • ‘Vast majority’ of primary schools to reopen next week

    27 May 2020

    The Government believes most councils plan to partially reopen primary schools from Monday.

  • Ministers under pressure over school opening

    20 May 2020

    Ministers are under increasing pressure to rethink its plans to open schools on 1 June after more councils highlighted safety concerns.

  • MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

    05 May 2020

    The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

  • Charity launches Care academy

    29 April 2020

    Education charity, The Shaw Trust, has launched a new Care Academy in response to the national skills shortage that has been highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Civic engagement for regional growth in Tees Valley

    24 April 2020

    Teesside University is working with Tees Valley Combined Authority to ensure businesses are ready to grow once the crisis is over, says Professor Jane Turner.

  • Teamwork in a crisis

    21 April 2020

    In the face of the coronavirus crisis, Stuart Carlton explains why he is so proud of the passion, zeal and determination of his children’s services staff who are dealing with this on the frontline.

  • Children's charities issue warning over emergency laws

    25 March 2020

    Eleven groups have warned of the impact of coronavirus disruption on vulnerable sections of society.

  • Accessing the arts in Islington

    25 March 2020

    The 11 by 11 partnership provides outstanding cultural experiences to all children and young people in Islington’s schools – and Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz says opportunities like these ‘shouldn’t be based on chance or good fortune’.