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Rising demand for Educational Psychology Services impacts the workforce

New research by IER and Ecorys for the Department for Education (DfE) finds that recruitment and retention issues and rising numbers of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) contribute to a vicious cycle of unmet demand for Educational Psychology Services.

The research examined various potential solutions to these issues, concluding that purely supply-side interventions designed to increase the size of the Educational Psychology workforce were unlikely to address these issues alone and that they needed to be combined with demand focused interventions to ensure the sustainability of the system.

Thu 03 Aug 2023, 08:53 | Tags: work

Two years of ReWAGE - providing expertise to inform work and employment policy

ReWage outputsSince being launched in July 2021 ReWAGE has been incredibly productive – our experts have produced 40 evidence papers and policy briefings and responded to 8 major consultations.

The group’s outputs have been covered in the national, regional and specialist media, and its co-chairs and experts have presented at national conferences and forums, and to government ministers at a wide range of meetings, including all-party parliamentary groups.

Find out more about what we’ve been up to in our news story, also featuring a large-sized version of this infographic.

Mon 31 Jul 2023, 07:03 | Tags: employment, work

Disconnection in the education-training-work-continuum


Dr Jamelia Harris published an article as part of the NORRAG Special Issue NSI 08 : The Education-Training-Work Continuums: Pathways to SocioProfessional Inclusion for Youth and Adults.

The Special Issue is part of a collaboration with the ILO and focuses on the discontinuities that currently exist between education, training and decent work, arguing that existing discontinuities between these three fields create and reinforce exclusions and inequalities for already marginalised groups.

Fri 23 Jun 2023, 09:38 | Tags: training, work, education

Dr Sally Wright attended workshop on algorithmic management of work

Dr Sally Wright was invited to participate in a technical workshop on ‘Practices towards algorithmic management and their impact on workers’. The technical workshop, held 15 & 16 June, was jointed hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and organised as part of the EU-funded project on the Future of Work.

The workshop was aimed at developing new evidence around several specific but understudied themes. The workshop considered how algorithmic management and other practices that are often associated with platform work are being increasingly used beyond digital labour platforms, by traditional companies, thus leading to ‘platformisation’ of work.

The experts considered the extent and how the introduction of a new digital outsourcing model, new tools and modalities for work planning, monitoring and surveillance are likely to impact on business models, work organisation, working conditions, employment and industrial relations.

Tue 22 Jun 2021, 10:57 | Tags: work, digitalisation

COVID-19 and Working Lives in the UK: Inequalities of Gender and Class

A webinar is being held on June 18th to showcase the findings of three new research projects.

In the first of these projects, Clare Lyonette from IER has been working with Professor Tracey Warren at the University of Nottingham and the Women's Budget Group to examine the specific impact of Covid-19 on working class women, funded by the ESRC.

As well as presentations from the three projects, the webinar will host a panel of academic and policy-focused discussants, including Mandu Reid from the Women's Equality Party and Nikki Pound from the TUC.

For more details about the event and registration read here.

Tue 18 May 2021, 10:32 | Tags: women, work, Covid-19

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