Blog posts June 2016

We’re leaving Europe. We need radically different, better public services, now more than ever.

Sarah Gillinson
Friday, 24 June 2016 - 4:30pm

We’re leaving Europe. We need radically different, better public services now more than ever. Today’s announcement that the electorate of the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union has resulted in widespread discussion about what the future of this country holds. Trepidation, joy, uncertainty or curiosity; no-one knows what will happen, and it is far too early to comprehend the true impact of the decision.

From our work getting to know communities throughout the UK, we know that times have never been tougher. It is not surprising that many people feel that mainstream...

Obesity is a problem we can’t ignore

Lou Thomas
Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 11:25am

Between 1993 and 2013 the proportion of adults that were obese in England increased from 13.2% to 26% among men and from 16% to 24% among women. Over 60% of the adult population were overweight or obese in 2013. Obesity is a complex problem with no clear cut solution. There are a lot of good programmes out there, but there is still little evidence around what makes an effective weight management service, or about how it should be integrated with other services.

We know from our work transforming public services that to change this, we need to explore what makes weight management...

SATs resits won’t give kids the education they deserve

Sarah Gillinson
Monday, 20 June 2016 - 11:11am

‘We couldn’t find anyone to talk to us who was in favour of Sats resits’ — a telling summary of a recent set of Guardian interviews about new Government proposals for pupils who don’t perform well enough in their Sats exams at the end of primary school. From December 2017, year 7 pupils who have fallen short will be made to resit their English and Maths exams at the very moment they embark on secondary school life.

Working closely to support schools, we...