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Issue LB.100

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Newly Qualified Teachers: Annual Survey 2014

From February to May 2014, the National College for Teaching and Leadership surveyed newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who had successfully completed their initial teacher training in England during the 2012 to 2013 academic year. This DfE report looks at the quality of their training.

Date:
02/11/2014
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Analysis Of Academy School Performance In GCSEs 2013: Final Report

This NFER report, commissioned by the Local Government Association, investigates how performance in national examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar non-academies, to attempt to find out whether performance was better than it might have been otherwise.

Date:
02/11/2014
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Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain

This report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission warns that the UK risks becoming a permanently divided society unless radical new approaches are taken by the next government, and claims the target to reduce child poverty by half by 2020 will not be met.

Date:
02/11/2014
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Approaches For Local Authorities And Their Partners To Improve The Oral Health Of Their Communities

Schools and nurseries need to step in to tackle the worrying trend of tooth decay in children, according to this report by the advisory body NICE, which has called on local authorities to improve the oral health of their communities through better advice and support in oral hygiene.

Date:
02/11/2014
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Vocabulary From Adolescence To Middle-Age

This research by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education (IOE) has found that readers of tabloid papers have smaller vocabularies than people who do not read newspapers, and that reading for pleasure during childhood has a substantial influence on a person's vocabulary 30 years later.

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06/11/2014
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What Makes Great Teaching?

This report by the Sutton Trust reviews over 200 pieces of research to identify the elements of teaching with the strongest evidence of improving attainment. It finds some common practices can be harmful to learning and have no grounding in research. Specific practices which are supported by good evidence of their effectiveness are also examined and six key factors that contribute to great teaching are identified. The report also analyses different methods of evaluating teaching including: using ‘value-added’ results from student test scores; observing classroom teaching; and getting students to rate the quality of their teaching.

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06/11/2014
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Deprivation in Education

The interaction between deprivation and education is a critical relationship with profound implications for a country’s economic prosperity and the social mobility of its citizens. This NFER report, commissioned by the Welsh Government, examines the impact that deprivation has on educational outcomes, providing analysis on data specific to the Welsh context.

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06/11/2014
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Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme

This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Foundation and its evaluation of the Vocabulary Enrichment Full Programme, which aimed to improve the reading abilities of pupils in Year 7 who had not reached a secure Level 4 in English and/or reading at the end of Key Stage 2.

Date:
06/11/2014
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Performance-Related Pay Awards With No Surprises

It is now more important than ever for schools to implement robust, fair and transparent review processes, featuring clear criteria and an agreed evidence base. ‘No surprise’ pay reviews are achievable if the policy is approved by all and expectations are shared - a culture of professional engagement and open dialogue is essential. Here Denise Inwood, former Assistant Head Teacher and Managing Director of BlueSky, shares her thoughts on performance-related pay.

Date:
06/11/2014
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Guidance On Authorised Absence In Schools

This guidance by the National Association for Head Teachers (NAHT) on authorised absence in schools aim to provide advice on what ‘exceptional circumstances’ mean when allowing students absence during term-time. The NAHT believes it is valuable to have some guiding principles to back schools in their decisions and provide consistency. This guidance has no statutory authority and is not imposed upon schools.

Date:
12/11/2014
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Understanding The Success Of London’s Schools

This Bristol University study has found that the high success rate enjoyed by GCSE students in London is explained by the higher proportion of ethnic minority pupils in the capital. The London Effect is large: the report shows that pupils in London schools score about eight GCSE grade points higher than those in the rest of England, relative to their attainment at age 11. For example, this means achieving eight Cs rather than eight Ds, or eight As rather than eight Bs.

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12/11/2014
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Internship or Indenture?

Internships have become a prominent feature of the UK jobs landscape. This research from education charity, Sutton Trust, suggests taking an unpaid internship can cost an individual £926 a month in London or £804 in Manchester, and so the cost of working for nothing rules out all but the wealthy. It suggests most interns should be paid at least minimum wage.

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12/11/2014
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Special Consideration, Access Arrangements And Entry Statistics

These Ofqual reports shows that there has been a rise in requests from schools for special arrangements for candidates at GCSE and A-level. The statistics show an increase in both the number of candidates requesting access arrangements and special consideration. Entries and late entries have both decreased this year. Ofqual will be asking the exam boards to investigate.

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12/11/2014
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Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic And Transphobic Bullying Among School-Age Children And Young People

This NatCen report for the DfE provides the findings from a qualitative study of ‘What works in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying among school-aged children and young people?’.

Date:
19/11/2014
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What Works In Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic And Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Among School-Age Children And Young People?

This NatCen report for the DfE provides a review of evidence about what works in preventing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools.

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19/11/2014
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Longitudinal Study Of Young People In England

This DfE longitudinal study of young people in England provides a survey of the experiences and attitudes of 13-year-olds living in England.

Date:
19/11/2014
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Teachers’ Workload Diary 2013

The 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey provides independently collected data on hours and working patterns of teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools, special schools and academy schools in England.

Date:
19/11/2014
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