April 2013

The Excellence Gateway has published 14 case studies based on work undertaken through the LSIS cluster groups. These include 2 case studies, centred on employment, from Blueberry Academy and City College Norwich's supported employment service, MINT.

Ofsted has published a report describing some of the common factors that have led to high performance in the work of 15 providers who are extensively involved in delivering apprenticeships to young people. It explains how the providers have successfully recruited young people as apprentices: introducing them to the world of work; supporting them in developing vocational skills and completing their apprenticeship frameworks; and supporting their progression into employment and further study.

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has published Paths to Personalisation in Mental Health. Paths to Personalisation is a practical guide - endorsed by TLAP - to help make personalisation a reality for people with mental health needs. It's aimed at all those involved in mental health, such as people with mental health needs and carers, health and social care commissioners, providers, practitioners, care co-coordinators and staff from all sectors.

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and Contact a Family have produced a new research report called Findings from parent carer forums in pathfinder areas . The report gives a detailed account of the varied experiences of parent carer forums when engaging with SEND pathfinders and demonstrates the mixed experiences of parent forums when "engaged" with by the pathfinders The 20 SEND Pathfinders are working towards the following common objectives: To develop a new 0-25 assessment process and a single plan which

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: Addressing the young people/jobs mismatch, the catchy title of a report published this month by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as part of its Learning to Work initiative.

The Government has announced that the national minimum wage is to rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October. The rate for apprentices will rise by 3p to £2.68 an hour. The increases are below current inflation levels. The Low Pay Commission recommended all the increases except the rate for apprentices which it recommended should remain unchanged.

To support health and wellbeing boards, the Department of Health has worked with stakeholders on producing statutory guidance, which explains the duties and powers of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs). The Department of Health undertook a public consultation on a draft version of the guidance which had been developed with significant input from and engagement with stakeholders across the health and social care system. The final guidance is the result of this consultation and engagement.