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Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF
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Making Policy Happen: Improving Practice in the DCSF

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Presentation by John Coles, Director General for Schools and Head of the Policy Delivery Profession (DCSF)

Presentation by John Coles, Director General for Schools and Head of the Policy Delivery Profession (DCSF)

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  • London is unique in this country because it has two characteristics: The challenges of the inner city The challenges of being part of the high-cost south east It’s not the only place in the country with one of these characteristics, but it’s the only one with both. The first is illustrated in this map of London: it shows deprivation at ward level – the darker the blue, the more deprived the ward. The darkest blue areas are in the 1000 most deprived wards in the country – around 200 in London. That’s a very significant concentration – especially in the inner eastern arc running from Haringey in the North round through Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham and S of the River through Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth But it’s also true that right across London, from Enfield in the north to Croydon in the south; Hillingdon in the west to Havering in the east, there are pockets of very significant deprivation
  • So that London is now the highest performing region
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    • 1. Jon Coles Director General Schools Directorate
    • 2. Good policy requires three things Political objective Delivery reality Evidence base
    • 3. Evidence-based policymaking <ul><li>Not in a vacuum </li></ul><ul><li>Will happen at pace </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate evidence at an early stage of the development process </li></ul><ul><li>So need evidence on emerging issues ready in advance or be in a position to provide it quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based delivery of policy </li></ul>
    • 4. &nbsp;
    • 5. <ul><li>The three key points: </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying the strategic requirement for policy change, drawing on a comprehensive evidence base </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the political context fully into account and anticipates future direction </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing out strengths and weaknesses of the delivery system and managing for continuous improvement </li></ul>Understanding context
    • 6. London faces the challenges of all metropolitan areas London Wards by Rank of Index of Multiple Deprivation
    • 7. … and the challenges of economic success Average earnings of men and women - Greater London Relative to GB
    • 8. Developing options <ul><li>Basing options for change on a comprehensive evidence base </li></ul><ul><li>Devising options which incorporate ministerial/political objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Structuring delivery systems to make things work </li></ul>
    • 9. Gender balance in mixed London secondary schools
    • 10. The hierarchy of schools …
    • 11. Getting to a decision <ul><li>Ensuring Ministers have robust, evidenced basis for decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring the decision is supported by political buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a thorough assessment of deliverability </li></ul>
    • 12. A single strategy Meeting the pan-London Challenges Keys to Success Schools Key boroughs
    • 13. Making it happen <ul><li>Structuring and using lessons learned from evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining political legitimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Performance managing delivery of policy effectively </li></ul>
    • 14. London is now the highest performing region At break in the time series, end of Key Stage 4 attainment was consistently 0.2ppt above equivalent figures for 15 year olds. For 5 years running London’s secondary schools have outperformed the national average in the proportion of students achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and maths. London has reached the level of the PSA target set for 2011 (53%). 15 year olds End of Key Stage 4

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