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Children's social care reporting: putting councils in the driving seat

Performance reporting is much maligned in social care. The argument, repeated many times in several audiences, is that a poor social worker can “game the system” by ensuring all the right boxes are ticked, while a good worker, tiring themselves out by being involved in their families’ lives, won’t have the time to keep on top of the paperwork.

Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.

Inspections Clinic: Behaviour in the classroom

The government has unveiled plans to tackle unruly behaviour in schools. Ofsted’s Daniel Muijs explains to Jo Stephenson that a consistent approach and good-quality training are key to a good inspection outcome.

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Five inspection trends

Ofsted’s latest annual report highlights changes in performance among early years, education and social care providers, and the quality of services they deliver. Jo Stephenson analyses the key emerging trends.

Here come the girls

To mark International Women’s Day this month, Charlotte Goddard reports on the work of Getaway Girls, which has supported the achievement and aspirations of young women for more than 30 years.

Learning Through Play, USA

Experiencing abuse or neglect can hinder the development of executive function skills, which children need in order to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, and control impulses.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Leadership: Inclusive recruitment

Individuals from diverse backgrounds offer employers a wealth of talent. Inclusive recruitment means not defining people by the challenges they face, but recognising the strengths they bring to a workplace.

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