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Thursday 29 January 2015

Education & Training

Academies and free schools: fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes and written evidence.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 258.
Corporate Author:
Education Committee
Author:
Graham Stuart (chairman)

The landscape of schooling in England has been transformed over the last five years. Academy sponsorship has encouraged and facilitated the contribution of individuals not previously involved in education provision and laid down a challenge to maintained schools to improve or face replacement by the insurgent academy model. The development of outstanding Multi Academy Trusts like Ark and Harris offers an alternative system to the one overseen by local authorities while the unified Ofsted inspection regime and published performance data generally allows fair judgment of comparative performance. There is a complex relationship between attainment, autonomy, collaboration and accountability. Current evidence does not allow the Committee to draw conclusions on whether academies in themselves are a positive force for change. This is partly a matter of timing but more information is needed on the performance of individual academy chains. Most academy freedoms are in fact available to all schools and Committee recommends that curriculum freedoms are also extended to maintained schools.

  • ISBN: 9780215081186
  • 14.50

Environment

Environmental risks and challenges of anthropogenic metals flows and cycles.

Corporate Author:
United Nations Environment Programme

Metals and their compounds are part of the fabric of modern society due to their unique properties, such as their conductivity, malleability, hardness, lustre, or recyclability. These properties impart a variety of functionality in various present products as well as future sustainability enabling solutions. Most of the highly-valued products of modern technology, such as computers, MRI scanners, aircraft engines, and satellites would be impossible without metals. Nonetheless, their production and use, as is true for all re-sources that we extract and use, are associated with potential environmental impacts. In this report, an assessment is made of the literature on metals flows and cycles in nature and in society, the way they are connected, and the potential impacts related to them. Four areas of attention emerge from this assessment as important information for a sustainable metals management.

  • ISBN: 9789280732665
  • 47.00

Finance

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014: thirty-fourth report of session 2014-15: report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 833.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Author:
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not have a good enough understanding of the impact of funding cuts, either on local authorities' finances or on services. It is unclear whether the Department is exercising a cross government leadership role with respect to local government. It relies on data on spending and has little information on service levels, service quality, and financial sustainability. HM Treasury should better support the Department by ensuring compliance with its requests for information at future spending reviews. While the Department has identified that local authorities will need to change the way they deliver services to remain financially sustainable, it is unclear if it is providing sufficient leadership to ensure they can implement service transformation programmes successfully. Furthermore, if funding reductions were to continue following the next spending review, we question whether the Department would be in a position to provide assurance that all local authorities could maintain the full range of their statutory services. Overall, as pressure from cuts grows, so do the risks to local authorities' finances and their provision of services. The depth and quality of the Department's insight into these issues needs to keep pace with these changes, something it has struggled to achieve so far.

  • ISBN: 9780215081193
  • 6.50

International Organisations

Yearbook of the United Nations 2010. Vol. 64.

Corporate Author:
United Nations. Department of Public Information

With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the most authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, putting all of these in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, decision and action.

  • ISBN: 9789211012767
  • 140.00

Social Issues

Children of the recession: the impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries.

Innocenti report cards 12.
Corporate Author:
UNICEF. Innocenti Research Centre.
Author:
Gonzalo Fanjul

The data and observations in this Innocenti Report Card reveal a strong and multifaceted correlation between the impact of the Great Recession on national economies and a decline in children's well-being since 2008. Children are suffering most, and will bear the consequences longest, in countries where the recession has hit hardest. For each country, the extent and character of the crisis's impact on children has been shaped by the depth of the recession, pre-existing economic conditions, the strength of the social safety net and, most importantly, policy responses. Remarkably, amid this unprecedented social crisis, many countries have managed to limit - or even reduce - child poverty. It was by no means inevitable, then, that children would be the most enduring victims of the recession.

  • ISBN: 9788865220306
  • 16.00