Developing an Employment and Skills Outcome Agreement

  Employment and skills outcomes agreements are intended to provide a framework to align skills provision to better address the skills needs of local employers and residents. They provide a valuable opportunity for key players in a skills system to develop a joint understanding of these needs and the role they can play in addressing… Read More

A blueprint for local climate leadership

In just one year since the first local authority in the UK (Bristol CC) declared a climate emergency, two-thirds of all local authorities have followed suit. But how, in practice, do local authorities move quickly from a declaration of climate emergency, into practical action? In 2019 we worked with two councils to drill down into… Read More

Sharing our work on children’s and youth arts with Nordic colleagues

Several of our projects have been getting attention from other countries keen to learn from our work.  In November we were invited by Kulturtanken the Norwegian youth and children’s cultural agency, to present at their national conference on ‘quality’ in publicly funded youth arts and culture.  The event was for arts and cultural practitioners from… Read More

Our maternal mental health research gets international audience

We recently had the privilege of presenting the results of our action-research into library-based rhyme times and maternal mental health, to an international audience of library professionals.  Having been invited to present at the Next Library conference in Berlin, we and colleagues from Essex Libraries (with whom we conducted the research) ran a real-life version… Read More