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Response To Education And Inspections Bill

The Bill was published on 28 February 2006. This note highlights some of the issues arising from the Bill, particularly in the context of the strategic role of local education authorities, and the new proposed “Trust Schools”. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Discipline Beyond The School Gate

As part of the Government’s ‘Respect’ agenda, plans have been announced to extend teachers’ disciplinary powers to deal with pupil misbehaviour on their journey to and from school. Mark Blois, education law expert at Browne Jacobson, delves into the legal grey area that is teacher’s disciplinary powers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Evaluation of the Primary Behaviour and Attendance Pilot

This is a 227–page research report commissioned for the DfES by the University of London to test the effectiveness of the range of measures proposed to: improve behaviour, attendance and attainment for individual children; improve teacher skills and confidence; promote effective whole school approaches to positive behaviour, attendance, and improvements in attainment. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Perceptions and Use of NVQs: A Survey of Employers in Englan

NVQs are a central feature of England’s attempt to develop a systematic approach to the development and certification of vocational skills. This 102–page research report for the DfES describes how employers use and rate the importance of NVQs. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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The Admission of Looked After Children Regulations 2006

These regulations came into force on 21 February 2006, and detail the actions to be taken and the circumstances in which an admission authority for a maintained school must give priority to looked after children. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Early Years Foundation Stage

This is a 19–page briefing that provides an update on progress towards the Early Years Foundation Stage, as proposed in the current Childcare Bill, and sets out the government’s vision for the new framework. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill is a 58–page document published by the DfES to establish a centralised vetting system for people working with children and vulnerable adults. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Children’s and young people’s reading habits and preferences

This 111–page review on children’s reading habits presents the findings from the National Literacy Trust’s survey of over 8,000 primary and secondary pupils across ninety eight schools. Given the current political concerns about reading, the research literature highlights the fact that young people’s reading enjoyment may be declining. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Modern foreign languages in a vocational context

This is a summary of a report by the Learning and Skills Development Agency which sets out to discover to what extent languages are integrated within vocational courses. The aim of the research was to find out the scope and take–up of modern foreign languages, and to identify the barriers to learning a language. (Please note: The full report is no longer available to download).

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Children’s Workforce Strategy – The Government’s response to

This is a 44–page update to the original Children’s Workforce Strategy, published on the 1 April 2005. In light of views expressed in the original consultation, this update sets out how the government intends to take work forward and provides: A summary of the responses. What it will do to meet the key priorities and challenges. The action plan. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Healthy Eating in Schools

This 22–page report is Ofsted’s response to the increasing public concern about the quality of children’s diets and rapidly increasing rates of child obesity. It assesses how schools have responded to guidance on school meals and healthier eating. Its findings are based on a small–scale survey of primary and secondary schools made in preparation for a major survey of food in schools to be carried out in 2006/07. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Minority Ethnic Pupils in Mainly White Schools

This is a 179–page publication of new guidelines for schools on tackling racist bullying by the DfES. Developed in partnership with anti–racist organisations, schools, local authorities, professional associations, community and voluntary sector groups and young people themselves, the guidelines offer suggestions for lessons, staff training and anti–bullying strategies to help schools identify and prevent racist bullying. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Parents’ Satisfaction with Schools

This is a 16–page report which identifies factors that may influence parents’ satisfaction with schools. A number of inspection judgements, such as links with parents, overall effectiveness and quality of teaching and leadership are examined. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Competition, Choice and Pupil Achievement

This is a 62–page report for the Centre for the Economics of Education at the London School of Economics. It looks at the issue of whether parental choice and greater competition between schools helps improve educational standards. It focuses on primary schools in the south east of England. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading

This is the final report by Jim Rose, reviewing the teaching of early reading, which sets out how children should be taught to read. The Rose report stresses that good teaching, attention to speaking and listening skills and the systematic learning of phonics are crucial to raising standards, with early interventions to prevent children from falling behind. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Tackling Child Obesity

This 62–page is report, prepared jointly by the National Audit Office, the Healthcare Commission and the Audit Commission, considers the effectiveness of government work to tackle child obesity and how it might be improved. The report shows that while a multifaceted approach to child obesity is the most effective, there is little evidence to show whether the range of programmes and initiatives in place to improve children’s health and nutrition is sufficient to achieve the government's target. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Budget 2006

Schools in England have been promised a £34bn increase in funding over the next five years by future Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in his last Budget as Chancellor. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Code of Practice on the Provision of Free Nursery Education

This is a 44–page publication by Sure Start. It provides statutory guidance on delivering the free early learning and development entitlement of three and four year olds in England from April 2006. The code will remain in force until 2008–9 when it will be replaced by new statutory guidance that reflects the current Childcare Bill. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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Parents’ satisfaction with schools

This is a 16–page report which identifies factors that may influence parents’ satisfaction with schools. A number of inspection judgements, such as links with parents, overall effectiveness and quality of teaching and leadership are examined. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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FE Reform: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances

This 99–page FE Reform White Paper builds on the existing 14–19 Education and Skills White Paper and Skills Strategy to set out a series of reforms which will raise skills and qualification levels for young people and adults to world standards. The proposed changes will offer more choice for customers, tailor services to meet individuals’ needs, encourage new, innovative providers to enter the market, and promote action to tackle poor quality combined with more autonomy for the excellent. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 06

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