Experts explain how technology is helping to tailor education to the needs of disadvantaged children, often improving attainment, but critics are concerned it narrows the curriculum.
As the number of looked-after children hits record levels, sector leaders analyse the key factors driving latest trends in the scale and nature of care and how the system needs to change in the coming decade.
The 12-page special report looks at how local authorities and other public and voluntary sector agencies are collaborating over the design and delivery of services for children and families. Practice examples include: the North West commissioning collaboration to ensure placement sufficiency; a Staying Close pilot for care leavers involving two councils, charities and a private children's home; and how London's bi-borough has developed a joint approach to special educational needs and disability services.
Also in the January 2020 edition:
- Youth justice - Study seeks to understand the links between children in care and offending
- Early years - What approaches work when recruiting men into the childcare sector?
- Health - Campaigners set out the changes needed to improve children's mental health provision
- Education - Factors behind the success of the only "outstanding" rated alternative education provider
- Youth work - Organisations make their case for changes to youth services statutory duties
- Interview - Judith Blake, the LGA children's chief on her plans to share best practice from Leeds