Despite the steady improvement in overall academic achievement, educational success in Britain is determined more than any other industrialised country by social class and the immediate circumstances into which children are born. As such, there is a key role to be played not just by central government and schools but also local authorities and other agencies in tackling the key factors that lead to underachievement.
This new NLGN report, written by Education Policy Analyst, Liz Allen – and with a foreword by Schools Minister, David Miliband MP – draws on the work of six local authorities that have introduced strategies to integrate social inclusion and education. The report looks at the strategic role played by authorities in identifying areas of need and drawing different providers together to deliver a comprehensive programme of support for schools, pupils and their families. It also looks at the experiences of schools operating within this new way of working.
Schools Beyond the Classroom: managing collaboration for social inclusion is the latest in a series of NLGN publications on the theme of ‘Delivering Change’. As with other reports in this series, it aims to help senior officers and elected members across all authorities learn from practical examples of change being implemented on the ground and to respond positively to the modernisation agenda.