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The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

Using Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds to Reduce the Attainment Gap

The Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds have been fundamental in helping schools decrease the attainment gap between students and helping disadvantaged students catch up with their peers. We heard from Lee Raftery, Deputy Headteacher of the Royal Liberty School about how interventions funded by the catch-up fund have helped improve student progress.

How the Pandemic has Changed the Face of Widening Access Outreach – Learning and Challenges

Throughout the pandemic universities have had to devise new ways to deliver outreach programmes to disadvantaged students. We heard from Dr Andrew Ross about how the pandemic changed the way the Widening Access team at the University of Bath delivered outreach programmes.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Lockdowns have had a massive impact on the education sector, with schools across the UK being closed for months on end, and learning having to move online. This briefing examines the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector; discussing the ways schools have had to adapt teaching strategies so students are continually supported in their learning journey.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Effectively Managing a Remote Workforce

Like everyone else, the voluntary sector had to adapt to a shift in working style during the pandemic. We heard from Peter Reeve, Chair of the Charity HR Network and Head of HR at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, on why hybrid working is good for the voluntary sector workforce

Attainment Gap: Cultural Capital and the Attainment Gap

Cultural Capital is the knowledge children need to prepare them for future success in life. We heard from Jackie O’Hanlon of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how culture and the arts can be used to help close the attainment gap and improve language development.

Attainment Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

For the first time since 2011 As a result of the pandemic and the impact of remote learning, the attainment gap between children has started to widen. Alex Quigley, of the Education Endowment Foundation shared how early intervention and sustained parental involvement in learning can help provide better support to disadvantaged students.

Attainment Gap: Using Schoolwide Strategies to Tackle the Attainment Gap

The pandemic posed significant challenges for schools, with remote learning and disruption to learning widening the attainment gap across England. We heard from Sarah Rostrom of St Bede Church of England Primary Academy about how innovative schoolwide strategies can improve support for teachers, enabling them to deliver bespoke learning packages to students to tackle the attainment gap.

Suicide Prevention: Speak Their Name: Supporting Families Bereaved by Suicide

Speak Their Name: The Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt, was a project started by the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020. We heard more about the project from Adele Owen QPM the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Programme Manager at the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership.

Turning Leisure Facilities into Income Streams for Local Government

In September 2020 only 56% of leisure facilities had reopened after lockdown restrictions were lifted, mainly due to their economic unviability. This case study looks at how South Kesteven District Council reopened their leisure facilities and switched management plans. This change made their leisure facilities economically viable and opened up an income stream for the council.

How has Covid-19 Impacted the Voluntary Sector

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the voluntary sector, with operational costs and demand for online services increasing, finances deteriorating and less time to address diversity issues in the workforce. This infographic gives an overview of the key challenges that the sector faced during the pandemic.

The Impact of Covid-19 on the High street

The pandemic had a severe impact on highstreet in the UK. In April 2021. footfall across highstreets fell by 88% compared to 2019. This infographic gives an overview of the current state of town centres as well as looking at the future of highstreets.

Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of the Education Workforce

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of the education workforce, with 72% of education staff reporting consistent stress at work. Sinéad McBrearty from Education Support offered their recommendations for government, policy makers and schools for supporting the mental health of the workforce.

A new strategy for Health and Social Care: The CQC Perspective

Covid-19 has shaken up health and social care, possibly forever. The CQC has been analysing healthcare during the impact of pandemic, coming up with a dynamic new strategy in an attempt to future-proof care providers in the event of another crisis.

National Plans and Guidance for Offender Management

Covid-19 posed a dangerous threat to prisons, with the environment being a perfect breeding ground for the virus. This article examines the governments' immediate response, and the potential long-lasting impacts to offender management.

Returning to the Office: A Guide for Employers

Employers are welcoming their employees back into the office as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. To make this transition as safe as possible, many things need to be considered. This report acts a guide for employers on how to best prepare for the return to the office, as well as how to best install hybrid and flexible working.

Supporting Local Arts and Culture: National Strategies to Rebuild Cultural Infrastructure

The global pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts and culture sector in the UK. The sector has seen major disruption to many of its operations , revenues, and relationships. Julian Knight MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee shared national strategies to rebuild the sector.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse

The statistics around domestic abuse in the UK are shocking and safeguarding services are integral to the protection of victims of abuse. Janine Roderick, Head of Learning Together at the Social Care Institute for Excellence shares the essential safeguarding tools used to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the impact of Covid-19 is still very significant on safeguarding services. Dr Sheila Fish provides insights into the recovery of safeguarding services during and post Covid-19.

Communicating with Hard-to-Reach Groups Through a Whole Community Approach

Birmingham is one of Britain’s most diverse cities with 40% of the population from non-white British backgrounds. These groups are often disengaged from public messaging. Through championing local people, the council aimed to rectify that problem.
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