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Action Against Drugs In Schools

There has been a great deal of media debate in recent weeks surrounding the issue of random drug testing in schools following the conclusion of a six month pilot scheme at The Abbey School in Faversham that led to improvements in behaviour of pupils and exam results. Following the success of the scheme, Kent County Council has now been approached by the DfES, offering funding to evaluate the benefits of random drug testing in schools across the County. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Child And Adolescent Mental Health

This new 66–page research report from the British Medical Association's (BMA) board of science reveals that the number of children in the UK with mental health disorders has more than doubled in the past 30 years, with a over million experiencing problems. There has been an increase in conduct disorders such as bullying and fighting, and in emotional disorders including phobias and depression. There are now over 7,000 children who are affected by behavioural disorders which can disrupt school classes and family life. The BMA report notes that poorer children, asylum–seeker youngsters, those in care and those who had seen domestic violence are particularly susceptible to mental health problems. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Special Educational Needs and Ethnicity

There have been concerns for some time about the attainment and progress of children from minority ethnic groups in the UK. One specific concern has been about their overrepresentation among pupils identified as having special educational needs (SEN). This 169–page research for the DfES considers the over and under representation of minority ethnic groups in different categories of special educational need compared with White British pupils. The study comprised four main strands of evidence: a review of the literature; an analysis of the 2005 PLASC dataset; a survey of LAs; and focus groups of senior LA officers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Becoming A Teacher

This 361–page research document is part of a six–year study of teachers’ experiences of initial teacher training (ITT) and early professional development in England. Conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham, the University of Leeds and MORI Social Research Institute, these findings relate to Year 2 of the project, where trainees had completed ITT and were about to take up their first post. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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ICT for Gypsies and Travellers

This 57–page report presents the findings of research with Gypsy/Traveller and Showground Traveller pupils relating to their experience of interactive communications technology (ICT) and its support for their learning in schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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The Status Of Teachers

This 113–page research from the universities of Cambridge and Leicester reports on the surveys of public opinion, associated groups’ (including teaching assistants, governors and parents) and teachers' perceptions of the status of teachers and the teaching profession. The report was commissioned as a result of recent government policy to improve the status of teachers and standards in teaching. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Reform Of Higher Education Research Assessment And Funding

Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell has published proposals for a new system to replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) after 2008 with a view to cutting down on bureaucracy and increasing efficiency. This consultation proposes a metrics–based research assessment and funding system to replace the Research Assessment Exercise after 2008. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Review Of Guidance On Dealing With Racist Incidents – Final

This 81–page review by the Scottish Executive Education Department offers guidance on dealing with racist incidents and the practice in schools and Education Authorities in response to such incidents. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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The Truth About Self–Harm

This 32–page finding is for anyone who wants to understand self–harm among young people – why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to recover from what can become a very destructive cycle. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Young People’s Participation In Decision–Making

This 32–page report from Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, outlines the need for young people to be able to make their voices heard – and take part in decisions that affect their own lives. It also looks at how school councils are already working and reviews how young people respond to opportunities to participate. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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English As An Additional Language

This 21–page report is an evaluation of five pilot courses for training specialist teachers and teaching assistants in English as an additional language. It identifies effective practice on which to build a national framework for professional development in English as an additional language and improvements that need to be made to make the courses more successful. The report evaluated the courses in terms of recruitment and retention, content, quality of training and tutoring, assignments and assessment, management, quality assurance and monitoring. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Good Practice In Managing Challenging Behaviour

This 40–page report provides advice on good practice in managing pupils’ behaviour that challenges schools in Wales. The advice is intended to contribute to raising standards and quality in education and training and supports the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to increasing social inclusion and equal opportunities. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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School Meals in Primary Schools in England

This 183–page study presents the findings from a nationally representative sample of 151 primary schools in England which provided information about catering practice and food provision at lunchtime, and information on the food selections of 7058 primary school pupils age 4–12 years. This study was commissioned before the start of the school food transformation programme. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Best practice In Self–Evaluation

This 23–page report looks at the factors which contribute to effective self–evaluation. It is based on visits to 12 schools, seven further education colleges and three local authorities where previous inspection reports identified strong practice in this area. The findings are intended to disseminate best practice and to provide help to institutions improve this aspect of their work. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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How Do Young People Make Choices at 14 and 16?

In order to support young people’s decision–making at a time of greater and more complex choices, the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to explore how young people make the educational choices required of them at ages 14 and 16. This 155–page study explores the ways in which structural contexts and individual attributes interact both before and during the decision–making process. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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An Investigation Into Cyberbullying

This 69–page report is based on research carried for the Anti–Bullying Alliance by the University of London. It investigates forms of bullying that utilise electronic devices, such as mobile phones and email, among school pupils in the London area. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Adolescent Mental Health

This is a short Nuffield Foundation study that assesses the extent to which conduct, hyperactive and emotional problems have become more common over a 25–year period in three general population samples of UK adolescents. It analyses information on 15–16 year olds from national surveys in 1974, 1986 and 1999, looking at trends in UK adolescents over the whole 25–year period. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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Improving Attendance

This 20–page report provides advice on the interventions used by schools and local education authorities (LEAs) in Wales to tackle attendance issues successfully. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 10

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