Current projects

These are a selection of the projects on which we are working currently. To see more examples of projects we have undertaken in the past, see here.

strategic planning

Strengthening inclusion and effective use of alternative provision

We recently carried out a large-scale national research project commissioned by the DfE into how local areas use alternative provision and what makes for a good local alternative provision and inclusion system. We are currently working with the DfE to shape national policy as well as working with strategic leaders in local areas to help them to develop effective approaches to inclusion and alternative provision.

strategic planning

Strategic reviews of special educational needs services and provision

Many local authorities in England are considering how local services and provision support children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). We have carried out strategic SEND reviews in East Sussex, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire, and we are working currently with a number of other local areas to review and help shape their local services and provision.

research and evaluation

Research into the factors that contribute to an effective, joined-up offer of early help

We are currently carrying out research for the Local Government Association to identify the enablers and factors that help local areas develop and sustain an effective, joined-up and partnership-based offer of early help for young people and their families. We have carried out in-depth research with eight local areas that have developed effective practice in this area in order to learn from their approaches and distil some key practical messages that will help to shape approaches across the county.

building organisational capacity

Strengthening partnerships across the education system

We are currently working with a wide range of partnerships, both local strategic partnerships, multi-academy trusts and clusters of schools to help them to build their capacity to drive school improvement within their partnerships or across their local areas, and to identify some of the key learning that may be of benefit to leaders and partnerships across the education system.

delivery, efficiency and innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

Isos is supporting the European Mayors Challenge winning cities – Athens, Barcelona, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw – to implement their innovative projects effectively and successfully. Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge is designed to help pioneer city innovation and spread exciting new ideas around the world. We are supporting this programme in partnership with the Innovation Unit.