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National Curriculum Assessments At Key Stage 2

More disadvantaged pupils in England's primary schools are moving on to secondary school able to read, write and add up, according to this DfE Statistical First Release. Two-thirds of pupils (67%) on free school meals gained a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths this year - up four percentage points on 2013. This compares with 83% for non-disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap to 16 percentage points.

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29/12/2014
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Ensuring That Roma Children Are Fully Engaged And Achieving In Education

Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve. This DfE report, commissioned bty Ofsted, summarises how three local authorities and 11 schools have been working to meet the needs of Roma children from Eastern Europe.

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29/12/2014
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Young Adults Skills Gain In The International Survey Of Adult Skills 2012

This report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provides further analysis of the performance of young adults in England. It focuses on the literacy and numeracy skills of young adults in England. In particular, it investigates how and why the literacy skills of young adults in England continue to improve after completing formal education.

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29/12/2014
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Labour Market Knowledge And Choice Of Subject To Study

More school pupils would choose to study maths at A-level if they were given better information about potential earnings, according to this research by the University of Birmingham, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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29/12/2014
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The Sexual Exploitation Of Children: It Couldn't Happen Here, Could It?

This Ofsted thematic inspection was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities’ current response to child sexual exploitation. The report draws on evidence from inspection and case examination in eight local authorities and from the views of children and young people, parents, carers, practitioners and managers.

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08/01/2015
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Study Of Early Education And Development: Views And Experiences Of Childminders

This DfE report presents findings from a qualitative study of childminders undertaken as part of the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) to shed light on the experiences and contribution of childminders.

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08/01/2015
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Can We Make the Digital World Ethical?

Digital developments such as the internet of things and big data bring risks for consumer privacy and safety that are largely ignored by policy makers. The EU should create a new regulatory body for technology to address the societal issues that come with the growing number of connected devices and extensive data gathering, according to this new report by Peter Warren, chair of the Cyber Security Research Institute.

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08/01/2015
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Children’s Early Literacy Practices At Home And In Early Years Settings

Tablets and touch-screen technology could be vital to engage new readers from key groups of young children where literacy is a concern. This report outlines findings from Pearson and the National Literacy Trust’s second annual early years literacy survey, conducted in May to July 2014. It examines children’s access to books and to technology, as well as their early reading habits, but it also examines the impact of these practices on young children’s vocabulary.

Date:
08/01/2015
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Ofsted Annual Schools Report 2013/14

This Ofsted Annual Schools Report is based on the findings of more than 6,000 inspections of schools carried out in 2013/14. There are 21,975 schools in England, with over 450,0003 teachers and 7,700,000 pupils. Six in 10 secondary schools are now academies and free schools, almost half of them in MATs. Of the 16,787 primary schools, 13% are now academies and free schools.

Date:
14/01/2015
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Earning By Degrees: Differences In The Career Outcomes Of UK Graduates

Despite increasing numbers of young people going on to higher education, a university degree still confers a substantial advantage in the labour market. However, not all degrees are created equal. This Sutton Trust report examines how graduate career outcomes differ depending on the subject they studied and the university they attended.

Date:
14/01/2015
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A Census Of The Children's Homes Workforce

This DfE report gives a census about the pay, qualifications and training of people working in children’s homes in England in 2013.

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14/01/2015
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Making Britain Great for Children and Families: The Childcare Guarantee

This report by 4Children, the national children and families charity, looks at the key issues affecting childcare as we move beyond the economic crisis. This includes the way we support parents with their childcare needs.

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14/01/2015
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The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2015

This report by The Prince's Trust reveals that anxiety is gripping young people’s confidence, with more than one in 10 often feeling too anxious to leave the house and over half worried about everyday situations. The report – which also explores bullying, troubled childhoods and resilience – also highlights that the anxiety issue is preventing young people from looking after their health and securing jobs.

Date:
22/01/2015
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Progress Matters In Primary Too

This report by the liberal policy group CentreForum recommends that pupils' academic progress should be the main measure used by the government to gauge whether England's primary schools are performing well.

Date:
22/01/2015
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Annual Report Of The Chief Schools Adjudicator For England

This DfE report from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator says too many schools who set and run their own admissions do not comply with Department for Education rules, and still appear to be selecting pupils by the back door using unnecessarily complex admission arrangements.

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22/01/2015
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Finding Their Feet: Equipping Care Leavers To Reach Their Potential

Almost a quarter of girls (22%) in care in England become teenage mothers, according to this report by the Centre for Social Justice. The report recommends new statutory guidance to prompt a change in practices for local authorities, including a responsibility towards children in care that does not end on their 18th birthday.

Date:
22/01/2015
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