Social Prescribing at a Crossroads

Social prescribing is a policy innovation that aims to improve health and wellbeing for people with complex health conditions by enabling healthcare practitioners to refer patients to activities provided by voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) in their local area. Having started out as a bottom-up social movement lead by GPs and community organisations … Continue reading Social Prescribing at a Crossroads

Politics of fear or complacency on climatic and ecological collapse?

By John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change at Sheffield Hallam University. Reproduced from People, Place and Policy, Volume 13, Issue 2 by kind permission of the editorial team. First published online on Friday 6th December 2019. What do the 2019 General Election manifestoes promise on climate policy? General Election 2019: Environmental … Continue reading Politics of fear or complacency on climatic and ecological collapse?

The 2019 General Election and the teaching profession in England

How will education policy be shaped in the next parliament? Professor Mike Coldwell and Professor Sam Twiselton of the Sheffield Institute of Education scrutinise the main parties' manifesto pledges on education ahead of the 2019 General Election.  This article is reproduced from People, Place and Policy with kind permission of the editorial team. First published … Continue reading The 2019 General Election and the teaching profession in England

A Positive Strategy For Engaging Older Prisoners

BY NICHOLA CADET, SENIOR LECTURER IN CRIMINOLOGY, SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY Nearly one in five prisoners in England and Wales are now aged over 50. Reasons include increases in average prison sentence lengths; people ageing as they serve multiple sentences, and a greater proportion of those convicted for historic (often sexual) offences. This third category means … Continue reading A Positive Strategy For Engaging Older Prisoners

Over used and fundamentally flawed: the problem with using the concept of ‘resilience’ in the context of economic hardship

Above: Paul Hickman led a study team comprising researchers from Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast, which explored the experiences of low income households across Northern Ireland. Two of the case study areas were in Derry/Londonderry (pictured). The difficult and uncertain times we live in has resulted in increasing attention … Continue reading Over used and fundamentally flawed: the problem with using the concept of ‘resilience’ in the context of economic hardship

Are Sheffield Teachers Prepared for New Sex Education Guidelines?

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools and Relationships Education (RE) in primary schools will become compulsory from September 2020 in England. UK Government guidance for schools was issued in February 2019 and much welcomed by academics, teachers, regulatory bodies (e.g OFSTED) and young people who had criticised current provision, delivery and content of … Continue reading Are Sheffield Teachers Prepared for New Sex Education Guidelines?

Responding to Augar: Debating Sub-Degree Level Qualifications

BY NICK HILLMAN, DIRECTOR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE (HEPI) Will  increased demand for sub-degree level qualifications at Levels 4 and 5 as envisaged by the Augar Review actually materialise?  Many influential people rushed to condemn the Augar report, in some instances seemingly before they had even read it. At the Higher Education Policy … Continue reading Responding to Augar: Debating Sub-Degree Level Qualifications