Blog posts October 2016

Our Education System Needs More Architects  —  of School Redesign

David Jackson
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 5:36pm

There has been a lot of noise in the educational world about the Harvard Business Review's publication of UK research into types of school leadership. A feature on BBC's 'Newsnight' and a great deal of debate on twitter and in Schools Week has signalled its significance. People are identifying with the call for more 'architect leaders' — those who invest in the sustained improvement of...

Thriving families need thriving communities, and vice versa: a big lesson from ‘Troubled Families’

Jonny Mallinson
Monday, 24 October 2016 - 9:10pm

To those working in children's services the 'Troubled Families Story' is a familiar one: major government initiative inspired by new evidence about 'what works'; celebrated as a panacea for the most vulnerable families in our society; delivered thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of committed professionals up and down the country; undermined by an evaluation that suggests this issue might have been a tougher nut to crack than the programme creators originally thought.

Sure Start, Family Nurse Partnerships... any more for any more?

But the feeling of a story oft-repeated...

Beyond more doctors: new roles must drive a health system for the future

Katharine Langford
Friday, 7 October 2016 - 4:17pm

Last week Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, committed to training 1500 more doctors every year. Although a significant and welcome investment in the NHS, this feels very much like last year's speech at the Conservative Party Conference (at that point David Cameron was pledging a 7-day service) with the Government essentially promising more of the same for our health service.

So, what's wrong with more of the same?

Of course we need more doctors — more GPs, more geriatricians, more emergency medicine specialists. But doctors are only part of what makes a...