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Children In Care

Most children are taken into care because of abuse and neglect. But too many of them are not getting the right placements the first time. This National Audit Office report accuses the Department of Education of failing to meet targets for improving care for foster children and those in residential homes.

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27/11/2014
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Evaluation Of The Start Programme

This NFER report presents five case studies of long-term partnerships (over three years) between arts organisations and schools. The Start programme enables arts venues and schools to work together to offer disadvantaged young people opportunities to engage in creative activities that inspire them and enhance their experience of the arts. It is organised and funded by the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts.

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27/11/2014
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Monitoring Poverty And Social Exclusion 2014

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, written by the New Policy Institute (NPI), looks at progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage across the UK. It shows that child poverty is still highest in cities, but urban areas now appear to be better at providing a decent level of education than rural areas.

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27/11/2014
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Integrated Review At Age 2: Implementation Study

The EYFS Progress Check became a statutory requirement for all providers delivering childcare to two year olds within the EYFS Framework in September 20121. This DfE report explores the effect of integrating the early years foundation stage (EYFS) progress check with the healthy child programme (HCP) check.

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27/11/2014
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Promoting Fundamental British Values As Part Of SMSC In Schools

Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This DfE guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act.

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03/12/2014
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Digital Capabilities in Higher Education

This survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) for Accenture of 1,500 students in Australia, India, Singapore, the U.K and the U.S. found the majority of college-bound students (85 percent) said that digital capabilities, such as virtual coursework and online classes, are a top determinant in choosing which university to attend.

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03/12/2014
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Innovating Pedagogy 2014

This report from the Open University explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers. It proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.

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03/12/2014
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Delivering The Free Entitlement To Education For Three- And Four-Year-Olds

The free entitlement to education for all three- and four-year-olds is the Department for Education’s main financial intervention in children’s early education, with estimated spending on provision of £1.9 billion in 2011-12. This National Audit Office report examines whether the Department for Education is achieving value for money in delivering the free entitlement to education for three- and four-year-olds. The report does not cover reception classes.

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03/12/2014
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The BT British Invention Index

This research report by BT reveals British perceptions and attitudes towards invention, and recommends ways to inspire the nation’s future inventive thinkers: ‘Generation I’.

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11/12/2014
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Governing Schools: The Role Of Community And Professional Volunteers

The rapid expansion of academy schools has seen increased demand for high-calibre governors with management and professional skills. This research by the Economic and Social Research Council outlines the findings and recommendations of a recent study on school governance. It indicates how a skills-based model of governance is necessary but not sufficient to enhancing accountability and highlights the challenges and benefits of professional and community volunteers working together to make schools publicly accountable institutions.

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11/12/2014
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The Quantitative Impact Of Armed Conflict On Education

Commissioned by PEIC, this CfBT Education Trust research sheds fresh light on the numbers of children affected by conflict and estimates the impact of conflict and insecurity on education in terms of direct and indirect costs.

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11/12/2014
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The Economic Value Of Key Intermediate Qualifications: GCSEs, A Levels And Apprenticeships

Improving individuals’ outcomes is a key goal of education. It is therefore important to understand the impact of qualifications in the labour market. Recent studies have estimated the lifetime benefit to achieving qualifications through higher economic output (or productivity). However, these have focused on vocational qualifications, rather than GCSEs or A levels. This paper provids more up-to-date, robust and granular estimates of the economic value of key intermediate qualifications.

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11/12/2014
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