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Making a difference in education : what the evidence says / Robert Cassen, Sandra McNally and Anna Vignoles.

by Cassen, Robert | McNally, Sandra, 1972- | Vignoles, Anna.

Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon New York, NY Routledge, 2015Description: pages cm.Summary: What is working in education in the UK - and what isn't? This book offers a highly readable guide to what the latest research says about improving young people's outcomes in pre-school, primary and secondary education. Never has this issue been more topical as the UK attempts to compete in the global economy against countries with increasingly educated and skilled work-forces. The book discusses whether education policy has really been guided by the evidence, and explores why the failings of Britain's educational system have been so resistant to change, as well as the success stories that have emerged. Making a Difference in Education looks at schooling from early years to age 16 and entry into Further Education, with a special focus on literacy, numeracy and IT. Reviewing a large body of research, and paying particular attention to findings which are strong enough to guide policy, the authors examine teacher performance, school quality and accountability, and the problematically large social gap that still exists in state school education today. Each chapter concludes with a summary of key findings and key policy requirements. As a comprehensive research review, Making a Difference in Education should be essential reading for faculty and students in education and social policy, and of great interest to teachers and indeed to anyone who wants to know about the effectiveness of UK education policy and practice, and where they should be going.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

Getting welfare to work : street-level governance in Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands / Mark Considine, Jenny M. Lewis, Siobhan O'Sullivan, Els Sol.

by Considine, Mark, 1953- [author.] | Lewis, Jenny M [author.] | O'Sullivan, Siobhan, 1974- [author.] | Sol, E [author.].

Edition: First edition.Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press, 2015Description: x, 205 pages ; 24 cm.Summary: Getting Welfare to Work traces the radical reform of the Australian, UK, and Dutch public employment services systems. Starting with major changes from 1998, this book examines how each national system has moved from traditional public services towards more privately provided and market-based methods. Each of these three countries developed innovative forms of contracting-out and complex incentive regimes to motivate welfare clients and to control the agencies charged with helping them. The Australian system pioneered the use of large, national contracts for services to all unemployed jobseekers. By the end of our study period this system was entirely outsourced to private agencies. Meanwhile the UK elected a form of contestability under Blair and Cameron, culminating in a new public-private financing model known as the 'Work Programme'. The Dutch had evolved their far more complex system from a traditional public service approach to one using a variety of specific contracts for private agencies. These innovations have changed welfare delivery and created both opportunities and new constraints for policy makers. Getting Welfare to Work tells the story of these bold policy reforms from the perspective of street-level bureaucrats. Interviews and surveys in each country over a fifteen year period are used to critically appraise this central pillar of the welfare state. The original data analysed in Getting Welfare to Work provides a unique comparative perspective on three intriguing systems. It points to new ways of thinking about modes of governance, system design, regulation of public services, and so-called activation of welfare clients. It also sheds light on the predicament of third sector organisations that contract to governments through competitive tenders with precise performance monitoring, raising questions of 'mission drift'.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The language of asylum : refugees and discourse / Steve Kirkwood, Simon Goodman, Chris McVittie, Andy McKinlay.

by Kirkwood, Steve [author.] | Watts, Ian [author.] | McKinlay, Andrew [author.] | McVittie, Chris [author.].

Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire Palgrave Macmillan, 2016Description: vi, 216 pages ; 23 cm.Summary: The early part of the 21st century has been marked by widespread social upheaval and geographical displacement of people. This book examines how refugees, asylum-seekers, locals and professional refugee workers make sense of asylum and refuge in the context of current UK asylum policies.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

For whose benefit? : the everyday realities of welfare reform.

by Patrick, Ruth [author.].

Edition: Reprint15 May 2017Publisher: Bristol, United Kingdom Policy Press 2017Description: 272 p.Notes: Foreword ~ Baroness Ruth Lister Introduction: Beyond Benefits Street - exploring experiences and narratives of welfare reform.Summary: What does day-to-day life involve for those who receive out-of-work benefits? Is the political focus on moving people from ‘welfare’ and into work the right one? And do mainstream political and media accounts of the ‘problem’ of ‘welfare’ accurately reflect lived realities? For whose benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform explores these questions by talking to those directly affected by recent reforms. Ruth Patrick interviewed single parents, disabled people and young jobseekers on benefits repeatedly over five years to find out how they experienced the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and whether the welfare state still offers meaningful protection and security in times of need. She reflects on the mismatch between the portrayal of ‘welfare’ and everyday experiences, and the consequences of this for the UK’s ongoing welfare reform programme. Exploring issues including the meaning of dependency, the impact of benefit sanctions and the reach of benefits stigma, this important book makes a timely contribution to ongoing debates about the efficacy and ethics of welfare reform.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Youth and social class : enduring inequality in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand / Alan France, Steven Roberts.

by France, Alan [author.] | Roberts, Steven, 1978- [author.] | ProQuest (Firm).

Publisher: London, United Kingdom Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]Copyright date: 2017Description: ix, 146 p. Incl. index.Summary: This book addresses the recent marginalisation of class theory in youth sociology. The authors argue for the importance of reinstating class analysis as central to understanding young people's lives in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Their analysis recognises that in periods of social change, class relationships and processes can and do get reconfigured, but by drawing on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, they show that class, while being dynamic, remains core to shaping the everyday lives of young people.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Miseducation : inequality, education and the working classes.

by Reay, Diane.

Publisher: [S.l.] POLICY PRESS, 2017Description: xi, 236 p.Summary: In this book Diane Reay, herself working class turned Cambridge professor, brings Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s pioneering Education and the Working Class from 1962 up to date for the 21st century. Drawing on over 500 interviews, the book, part of the 21st Century Standpoints series published in association with the British Sociological Association. includes rich, vivid stories from working class children and young people. It looks at class identity, the inadequate sticking plaster of social mobility, and the effects of wider economic and social class relationships on working class educational experiences. The book addresses the urgent question of why the working classes are still faring so much worse than the upper and middle classes in education. It reveals how we have ended up with an educational system that still educates the different social classes in fundamentally different ways, and vitally – what we can do to achieve a fairer system.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The slump : society and politics during the depression / John Stevenson and Chris Cook.

by Stevenson, John, 1946- | Cook, Chris, 1945- [joint author.].

Publisher: London : Cape, Sept. 1977Description: 348 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Power and Connection : LOST - re-order July 2022 The International Development of Local Area Coordination Eddie Bartnik

by Bartnik, Eddie | Centre for Welfare Reform | Broad, Ralph.

Publisher: [Sheffield, United Kingdom] Centre for Welfare Reform 2021Description: 157 p. ill. col., diags.Online Access: Local Area Coordination Network - Book review Summary: Local Area Coordination is one of the most important and promising social innovations in the world today. This book provides an up-to-date account of the evolution of Local Area Coordination since its beginnings in Western Australia in the late 1980s. It summarises all of the relevant research and identifies the key developmental strategies necessary for successful implementation. The book's authors, Eddie Bartnik and Ralph Broad, are two of the leading figures in the international development of Local Area Coordination and the book is supplemented by research and stories from many other practitioners and researchers. The book also includes the stories of people who have experienced the positive impact of Local Area Coordination. Building on the original core Western Australia Local Area Coordination foundations and Framework, the last five years have seen an exciting period of intensive international learning, adaptation and growth. This includes moving towards a 'whole community' approach, ensuring easier access and no barriers to early help, increasing reach across the whole system and emerging international collaboration, mutual support and shared learning. This learning has also further improved the understanding and embedding of broader elements, or building blocks, of design and implementation. These are critical to effectively 'getting started', building authentic relationships with people, families, communities and service partners and, importantly, consistency of outcomes, influence, scaling up and sustainability. The authors end by sharing their vision of a 5-year plan for Local Area Coordination in a post COVID-19 world, alongside people and families, embedded in community and in partnership with formal services. Chapters in the book are organised to highlight the key themes that underpin the sustained Local Area Coordination international development. These themes include clarity of the purpose and international history of Local Area Coordination (Chapter 1), the 'must haves' of the Local Area Coordination Framework and the maturing connection to whole system reform (Chapter 2), the building blocks for ensuring fidelity and embedding sustainability (Chapter 3), stories of change and impact (Chapter 4), the growing evidence base to sustain 'A Leap of Fact' (Chapter 5), new horizons as a whole community approach, in new countries and as a key community and service resource in a time of pandemic (Chapter 6) and the critical importance of leadership development and learning networks (Chapter 7). The authors end by sharing their vision of a 5-year plan for Local Area Coordination in a post COVID-19 world, alongside people and families, embedded in community and in partnership with formal services.Availability: (1) Checked out (1).

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