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Assessment for Learning Strategy

This DCSF strategy document outlines how schools can make use of the resources available to them. The document is a joint project between DCSF, the National Strategies and QCA, with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and forms a significant part of the Government’s commitment to developing personalised learning and to improving rates of progression at Key Stages 2 and 3, as well as older and younger pupils. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/01/1970
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Thursday’s Child

This new publication by the Institute for Public Policy Research unveils a range of ambitious reforms to improve learning and help lay the foundations for children to enjoy a healthy and happy adulthood. The report suggests proposals to tackle the recent plateau in pupil progress – including helping to fuel children’s natural curiosity and giving adolescents support in tackling the many challenges they face. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/01/1970
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Looked After Children: Good Practice In Schools

This Ofsted report is based on a small-scale survey of good practice in schools in relation to looked after children, illustrating some of the methods that schools use to improve the educational experiences and achievements of looked after children. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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Secondary School Applications and Offers

This statistical report gives local authority level information about secondary school places and offers received by parents. The figures show that 98% of primary admissions offers and over 94% of secondary did not have any appeal heard against them in 2006/07. They also show that just over a third of appeals overall are successful. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/06/2008
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ENGAGING AND MOTIVATING TEACHERS

Jody Goldsworthy, Head of Education at Hay Group, examines methods of engaging and motivating teachers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/06/2008
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The Value of Mathematics

The UK’s maths economy which powers the financial services sector and wider industry is in danger of atrophy as fewer students study mathematics and attainment falls. At the core of this problem has been the diminution of the O-level/GCSE which has gone from being a key “staging post” to a “tick-box test”. This analysis of O-level/GCSE examinations by ‘Reform’ - an independent, non-party think tank - examines the changes that have taken place, allowing relevance to replace rigour in the belief that this would make mathematics more accessible. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/06/2008
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Experiences Of Children Caring For A Parent With A Mental He

This is one of a series of SCIE research brie?ngs that has been compiled by Keele University. The briefng focuses on the experiences of children and young people under 18 years of age caring for a parent with mental health problems that are ‘serious’ or ‘severe’, and ‘enduring’. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/06/2008
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Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey 2007

The aim of this DCSF survey is to create a picture of the secondary school teaching workforce in terms of teachers’ qualifications and the curriculum subjects being taught. The results of the survey will be used to inform policy and to set teacher training places by curriculum subjects. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/06/2008
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Childcare And Early Years Survey 2007

This 2007 Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents, published by the DCSF, provides up-to-date information to assess the impact of the Ten Year Childcare Strategy and some important policy initiatives introduced since the last survey was carried out in 2004. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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The National Challenge

The National Challenge, launched on 10 June 2008 by the DCSF, will support schools with the lowest GCSE results, so that by 2011 at least 30 per cent of pupils in every secondary school will leave with five or more good GCSEs, including English and mathematics. The National Challenge will focus greater attention, help and resources on schools that are currently below this benchmark, with funding of £400 million. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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01/01/1970
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The Implications of School Funding

This report, commissioned by the CfBT Education Trust , examines how overall levels of public spending on education and schools in the UK have evolved in recent years, how the English school funding system allocates money to individual schools and the extent to which the school. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Youth Alcohol Action Plan

The Government made a commitment in the Children’s Plan, published in December 2007, to look at what more might be done to reduce excessive drinking by children and young people under the age of 18. This document sets out the Government’s conclusions and the action it will take. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Gangs And Group Offending

This DCSF guidance is for schools in areas where gangs or offending by groups of young people are a concern. It provides: Information on the prevalence and characteristics of gangs and finding out about local patterns of gang and group offending; Advice on prevention: how to create a safer school environment, identification and intervening with pupils at risk; Advice on what to do if an incident occurs, including emergency planning; Working with external partners and agencies; Examples of good school practice resources. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Success in Science

Pupils are being turned off science by unexciting teaching and a lack of practical experiments, according to this Ofsted report. It evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of science in primary and secondary schools and provides examples of schools where young scientists excel. It also discusses issues at the heart of science teaching today. Ofsted's report was published as ministers unveil a review of maths education in primary schools which is expected to call for more one-to-one tuition for pupils who are being left behind at an early age. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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30/05/2008
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New Teachers - A Quantitative Debrief

This report for the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) shows that a new generation of teachers are enthusiastic about a long career in schools. The research amongst 150 teachers in the first three years of their careers reveals that 85 per cent probably or definitely want to be working in a school in 20 years, with only two per cent definitely not. Their enthusiasm contrasts with a 2003 survey showing that a third of serving teachers then expected to leave the profession within five years. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Attrition Rates For High-Achieving Pupils Between School And

This report from the Institute of Education and the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that there are 60,000 students each year who at some point are among the top-performers in their year group, but who do not go on to enter university. The analysis was undertaken for the Sutton Trust’s report to the National Council for Educational Excellence on increasing participation in higher education for disadvantaged pupils. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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The Extra Mile

This DCSF publication focuses on children whose families have been poor for generations. It looks at ways of raising the aspirations of children from deprived communities, and engaging them in their education. The publication also outlines the Government’s 'Extra Mile' trial, which will run from July 2008 – summer 2009. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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The Byron Review Action Plan

On 24 June 2008 a cross-Government Action Plan was published which sets out how the recommendations of the Byron Review will be implemented. This comprehensive plan sets out key milestones and deadlines to deliver all of Dr Tanya Byron’s recommendations as set out in her landmark report “Safer Children in a Digital World”. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Se

This is the Final Report of the Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools, outlining the main recommendations of the Williams review of mathematics teaching in early years settings and primary schools. It makes a series of recommendations, supported by evidence, regarding educational best practice to enable young learners in primary schools and early years’ settings to acquire an understanding and appreciation of mathematics and of its importance to their lives. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Sustaining Improvement: The Journey From Special Measures

This is an OfSTED report which seeks to identify the most important actions that lead to improvement in schools that require special measures. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions From Schools and Exclu

This new statistics report shows that permanent school exclusions have dropped by 7%, whilst temporary exclusions have risen by 4%, as schools use short but effective punishments to turn around poor behaviour. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 3.07 (31)

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31/05/2008
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