Leadership and management in local authorities

Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015
Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015
Jack Worth June 2016, Research Report

Report compares 2015 attainment results and Ofsted ratings of sponsored and converter academies with groups of maintained schools that had similar characteristics.



Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2014
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2014
Jack Worth July 2015, Research Report

Investigation of how performance in national GCSE examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar local authority maintained schools.



Review of SESLIP's Peer Challenge Programme
Review of SESLIP's Peer Challenge Programme
Richard White, Shona Macleod and Fiona Walker June 2015, Research Report

The review aimed to provide a qualitative narrative of the Peer Challenge Programme for SESLIP.



LARC6: 'Child neglect is everyone's business'
LARC6: 'Child neglect is everyone's business'
Emily Buchanan, Helen Poet, Caroline Sharp et al March 2015, Research Report

LARC6 examined how LAs can work differently to identify child neglect at an early stage and encourage effective, low-cost solutions drawing particularly on the strengths of the family network and the wider community



Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2013
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2013
Jack Worth October 2014, Research Report

FInal report of project undertaken for the LGA to investigate how performance in national examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar non-academies



Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013
Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013
Kelly Kettlewell and Liz Phillips June 2014, Research Report

NFER carried out this seventh survey of local authority councillors in England for the LGA.



'We should have been helped from day one': A unique perspective from children, families and practitioners
'We should have been helped from day one': A unique perspective from children, families and practitioners
Claire Easton, Emily Lamont, Robert Smith and Helen Aston September 2013, Research Report

Nine authorities from across England carried out research into how to effectively support families with different levels of need across the early intervention spectrum, supported by the LARC researchers.



Evaluation of the sector-led peer challenge programme 2012/13
Evaluation of the sector-led peer challenge programme 2012/13
Claire Easton, Monica Hetherington, Emily Lamont et al April 2013, Research Report

The Children’s Improvement Board and LGA commissioned NFER to carry out the second evaluation of the ‘sector-led peer challenge programme’.



Evaluation of Norfolk County Council's approach to securing services to improve young people's well being
Evaluation of Norfolk County Council's approach to securing services to improve young people's well being
Claire Easton, Gill Featherstone, Kelly Kettlewell and Nalia Thurgood March 2013, Research Report

Norfolk County Council commissioned NFER to undertake a process evaluation of their approach to securing services to improve young people’s well-being.



The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews
The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews
Jennifer Jeffes and Kerry Martin February 2013, Research Report

This first interim report of NFER’s evaluation of the longer-term impacts of the LGA’s Safeguarding Children Peer Review programme presents the findings from the early phases of the research.



The evaluation of the NYA tailored support offer to local authorities
The evaluation of the NYA tailored support offer to local authorities
Kelly Kettlewell, Clare Southcott, Eleanor Stevens and David Sims September 2012, Research Report

The LGA commissioned NFER to carry out an evaluation of the National Youth Agency’s tailored support offer to local authorities.



Local authorities' approaches to children's trust arrangements
Local authorities' approaches to children's trust arrangements
Claire Easton, Monica Hetherington, Robert Smith et al July 2012, Research Report

The LGA commissioned NFER to investigate LAs’ approaches to children’s trust arrangements and how they fulfil their duty to promote co-operation with partners to improve young people's health and wellbeing.



The impact of Safeguarding Children Peer Reviews
The impact of Safeguarding Children Peer Reviews
Claire Easton, Kerry Martin and Fiona Walker May 2012, Research Report

An evaluation of the Safeguarding Children Peer Reviews, exploring the impact of the peer review process on authorities with a Notice to Improve.



Soulbury workforce survey 2011
Soulbury workforce survey 2011
Nalia George, Jo Morrison and Claire Easton May 2012, Research Report

This report presents data from the Soulbury Workforce Survey 2011 and provides up-to-date information on pay levels, recruitment and retention issues and characteristics of the Soulbury workforce.



A best practice review of the role of schools forums
A best practice review of the role of schools forums
Gill Featherstone, Tami McCrone, David Sims and Clare Southcott May 2012, Research Report

Research for the LGA involving a desk review of current models of schools forums and case-studies based on telephone interviews with LA officers, forum Chairs, forum members and constituent members.



Early intervention: Informing local practice
Early intervention: Informing local practice
Claire Easton and Geoff Gee February 2012, Research Report

The Local Government Association commissioned the NFER to carry out a review of early intervention approaches to inform the practice of local authorities.



Evaluation of the early adopter sector-led improvement programme pilots
Evaluation of the early adopter sector-led improvement programme pilots
Claire Easton, Helen Poet, Helen Aston and Robert Smith February 2012, Research Report

This report, commissioned by the LGA, captures LAs' perceptions on the early adopter programme and sector-led improvement and support more widely.



Developing a business case for early interventions and evaluating their value for money
Developing a business case for early interventions and evaluating their value for money
Ben Durbin, Shona Macleod, Helen Aston and George Bramley November 2011, Research Report

The LGA commissioned NFER to produce guidance on what constitutes a good business case for early interventions and how it should be assessed.



Feasibility study for the trials of Payment by Results for children's centres
Feasibility study for the trials of Payment by Results for children's centres
Ivana La Valle, Jennifer Gibb, Bernadetta Brzyska et al November 2011, Research Report

91048 - NFER worked with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on the first research study on Payment by Results (PbR) for children’s centres.



National census of local authority councillors 2010
National census of local authority councillors 2010
Kelly Kettlewell and Helen Aston October 2011, Research Report

NFER carried out a sixth survey of local authority councillors in England for the LGA, and the findings are available in this report.



Safeguarding: Council developments
Safeguarding: Council developments
Kerry Martin, Mary Atkinson and Richard White September 2011, Research Report

The Local Government Group commissioned NFER to capture Local Authorities approaches to developing safeguarding practices in a changing policy landscape.



Evaluation of the NYA Engagement Network
Evaluation of the NYA Engagement Network
Kelly Kettlewell and David Sims September 2011, Research Report

An evaluation of the NYA’s Engagement Network which aims to support young people who are NEET to have a voice and shape local provision for young people through local projects.



Information sources for the local children and young people's services sector: A mapping study
Information sources for the local children and young people's services sector: A mapping study
Helen Aston and Robert Smith September 2011, Research Report

The LG Group commissioned NFER to carry out a mapping study to inform the development of its online information, advice, guidance and data offer to local authorities.



How to sustain and replicate effective practice
How to sustain and replicate effective practice
Clare Southcott and Tami McCrone August 2011, Research Report

Research commissioned by the LG Group examining how identified examples of effective practice in children’s services have been, or could be, replicated and sustained, to inform guidelines for future practice.



Devon multi-agency safeguarding hub: case-study report
Devon multi-agency safeguarding hub: case-study report
Sarah Golden, Helen Aston and Ben Durbin July 2011, Research Report

The Local Government Group, on behalf of Devon County Council, commissioned NFER to carry out a case study of Devon’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) model.



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