Local Government Education and Children's Services Research Programme

Completed projects

Analysis of Academy School Performance in GCSEs 2014 (June 2015)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Jack Worth

Analysis of Academy School Performance in GCSEs 2013 (October 2014)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Jack Worth

Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013 (June 2014)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

Longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews (February 2014)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Councils' views on the effectiveness of the 16-19 commissioning process (December 2013)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

Analysis of academy school performance in the 2011 and 2012 GCSEs (November 2013)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Simon Rutt

The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews (February 2013)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Jen Jeffes

Evaluation of the sector-led peer challenge programme 2012/13 (April 2013)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews (February 2013)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Jen Jeffes

Hidden Talents: examples of transition of careers guidance from local authorities to schools(October 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tami McCrone

The evaluation of the NYA tailored support offer to local authorities (September 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

Hidden talents: A statistical review of destinations of young graduates (August 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Palak Mehta

Local authorities' approaches to children's trust arrangements (July 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

Evaluation of the NYA tailored support offer to local authorities: case studies report (July 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

A good practice overview of fostering and adoption activity (June 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

The developing indicators for early identification of young people at risk of temporary disconnection from learning (June 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tami McCrone

Changes to the funding of special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision: views of Lead Members (June 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Helen Poet

The impact of safeguarding children peer reviews (May 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

Alternative provision for young people with special educational needs (May 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Soulbury workforce survey 2011 (May 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Nalia George

The experiences of fostering and adoption processes - the views of children and young people: literature review and gap analysis (May 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Fiona Walker

A best practice review of the role of schools forums (May 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tami McCrone

Hidden Talents: A statistical overview of the participation patterns of young people aged 16-24(March 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Palak Mehta

Early intervention: informing local practice (February 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

Evaluation of the early adopter sector-led improvement programme pilots (February 2012)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

Targeting children's centre services on the most needy families (December 2011)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Pippa Lord

Developing a business case for early interventions and evaluating their value for money(November 2011)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Helen Aston

National census of local authority councillors 2010 (October 2011)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Helen Aston

Safeguarding children: council developments (September 2011)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Evaluation of the NYA Engagement Network (September 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

Research into proposed reforms for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (September 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Caroline Sharp

Information sources for the local children and young people's services sector: a mapping study(September 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Helen Aston

Young people's aspirations in rural areas (August 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Kelly Kettlewell

How to sustain and replicate effective practice (August 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Tamaris McCrone

Devon multi-agency safeguarding hub: case-study report (July 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Helen Aston

Local authority progress in tackling child poverty (May 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Julie Nelson

Governance models in schools (April 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Tamaris McCrone

Safeguarding children peer review programme: learning and recommendations (April 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Hidden Talents: Exploiting the link between engagement of young people and the economy(March 2011)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Shona MacLeod

Safeguarding Children - Literature Review (December 2010)
Client: LG Group | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Information, advice and guidance for young people (September 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tamaris McCrone

Implementing outcomes-based accountability in Children’s Services:
an overview of the process and impact
(July 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tamsin Chamberlain

Local authority approaches to the school admissions process (July 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Peter Rudd

An analysis of youth offending teams' inspection reports (June 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Shona Macleod

Intergenerational practice: outcomes and effectiveness (June 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Children and young people’s views on web 2.0 technologies (June 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Peter Rudd

Local Authorities’ Experiences of Improving Parental Confidence in the Special Educational Needs Process (June 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Richard White

The impact of the Baby Peter case on applications for care orders (June 2010)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Shona MacLeod

Safeguarding post-Laming: initial scoping study (March 2010)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER Contact: Mary Atkinson

Evaluation of the Children in Trouble Programme (March 2010)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER Contact: Karen Halsey

Supporting local authorities to develop their research capacity (March 2010)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER Contact: Claire Easton

Teacher resignation and recruitment survey: report no. 41 (February 2010)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER Contact: Sarah Golden

The Sustainable Communities Act: analysis of proposals submitted by councils (December 2009)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER Contact: Monica Hetherington

Collaborative good practice between local authorities and the further education sector(September 2009)
Sponsor: LGA | NFER contact: Tami McCrone

Mapping the terrain: 16-19 funding transfer (July 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Tami McCrone

Narrowing the gap in outcomes: governance (June 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Pippa Lord

Narrowing the gap in outcomes: leadership (June 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kerry Martin

Non-formal learning: good practice in re-engaging young people who are NEET (May 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Thomas Spielhofer

Local authorities and school improvement: the use of statutory powers (April 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Avril Keating

Provision of mental health services for care leavers: transition to adult service (March 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Emily Lamont

Consultation practices used in planning Children's Services (March 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Karen Halsey

Young people, crime and public perceptions: a review of the literature (February 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Karen Halsey

National census of local authority councillors 2008 (January 2009)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Sarah Golden

Narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups - the messages that matter...to narrow the gaps (December 2008)
Client: LGA

Narrowing the gap in outcomes: early years (0-5) (November 2008)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Suzanne Straw

The role of the Lead Member for Children's Services (July 2008)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Kay Kinder 

Analysis of children and young people's plans 2007 (May 2008)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Geoff Gee

Intergenerational practice: a review of the literature (May 2008)
Client: LGA | NFER Contact: Mary Atkinson

Teacher resignation and recruitment survey (Report No. 40) (May 2008)
Client: LGA

Narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups: overview and analysis (March 2008)
Client: LGECSRP | NFER Contact: Marian Morris

Narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups: a review of the research evidence(March 2008)
Client: LGECSRP | NFER Contact: Suzanne Straw

The impact of school fires: a study of the wider economic and social impacts on schools and the local community (November 2008)
Client: LGAR | NFER Contact: Sarah Golden

Guidelines for official publications in local authorities (August 2007)
Client: LGAR | NFER Contact: Alison Lawson

Transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3: current arrangements and good practice (August 2007)
Client: Welsh Local Government Association | NFER Contact: Robert Smith

Engaging young people in local democracy (May 2007)
Client: LGA

Current projects

Local Government Education and Children's Services Research Programme