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Developing Teachers

This report by the Sutton Trust follows on from an earlier 2014 report (What Makes Great Teaching), and argues that improved teacher ­development will positively impact on pupil attainment, particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The report presents five policy recommendations and practical case studies of professional development in schools around the world.

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28/01/2015
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School Lunch Take-Up Survey 2013 To 2014

This NatCen Social Research report was commissioned by the Department for Education to provide evidence for on-going policy development on school meals, before the commencement of the universal infant free school meals policy. On the basis of the findings and recommendations of a feasibility study, the full national survey began in the spring of 2014.

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28/01/2015
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Academies And Free Schools

This report from the Education Select Committee into England's school system shows no clear evidence that academies raise standards overall.

Date:
28/01/2015
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Destinations Of Key Stage 4 And Key Stage 5 Students, 2012/13

This Statistical First Release by the DfE shows that hundreds of schools and colleges in England do not send any students on to the UK's top universities. Figures suggest more than 1,600 did not have any pupils going to Oxford or Cambridge and about 335 sent none to a Russell Group university.

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28/01/2015
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School Oversight and Intervention

This Public Accounts Committee report suggests that problems in some schools in England are going undetected until serious damage has been done due to increased school autonomy. The report cited the case of two of the schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham recently, which were rated outstanding and thus exempt from routine inspections but nevertheless ran into problems.

Date:
04/02/2015
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Process Evaluation Of The Two-Year-Olds In Schools Demonstration Project

This DfE report draws together the findings of the process and cost evaluation of the two-year-olds in schools demonstration project, alongside discussion of the lessons learnt from the evaluation overall and recommendations for sustaining and developing provision in schools for two-year-olds in the future.

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04/02/2015
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Policies and Approaches to School Evaluation in Europe

Improving the quality and effectiveness of investment in education throughout the EU is one of the key objectives of the European Strategic Framework for Education and Training. This Eurydice Report gives a comprehensive picture of how 32 European countries evaluate the quality of their schools. The report compares approaches, structures, and the roles played by external and internal school evaluation systems, while analysing the concrete procedures, tools, qualification of evaluators and the use made of results.

Date:
04/02/2015
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Sound Foundations

This report by the Sutton Trust provides a literature review of the evidence on the quality of early childhood education and care for children under three. It considers the implications for policy and practice, particularly for the Government’s programme of free early years provision for disadvantaged two year-olds.

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04/02/2015
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British Muslims in Numbers

This report by the Muslim Council of Britain suggests the number of Muslim children attending schools in England and Wales has almost doubled since 2001 - from 1.55m in 2001 to 2.7m in 2011. It is the first detailed study of the characteristics of the Muslim population emerging from the 2011 Census and is the only comprehensive report looking at Muslims from a data perspective prepared from within Muslim civil society.

Date:
12/02/2015
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Internet Safety Report

This large-scale research about safe internet use by education charity, Tablets for Schools, asked 7,443 pupils about their typical internet behaviour, the impact of school tablet use on their choices, internet privacy knowledge and, in a sub-sample of 5,410 children, their most pressing online safety advice to fellow home and school surfers.

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12/02/2015
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Spending on Late Intervention: How We Can Do Better for Less

Dealing with acute social problems affecting children and young people in England and Wales costs £17bn a year of public money, according to this anlysis by the Early Intervention Foundation charity. Amongst other things, it outlines how much we currently spend on late interventions; crucial yet often unnecessary services that attempt to ameliorate the immediate problems of children and young people, but do not deal with their causes.

Date:
12/02/2015
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GCSE And Equivalent Attainment By Pupil Characteristics: 2014

This DfE statistical first release shows revised information on pupil attainment at state-funded schools in 2013 to 2014. It provides revised GCSE and equivalent results in England split by pupil characteristics at national, local authority, local authority district and parliamentary constituency level.

Date:
12/02/2015
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Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth

This report by the Warwick Commission on the future of Cultural Value argues that creativity and the arts are being squeezed out of schools, and that cultural experiences and opportunities are being closed off to youngsters, especially those from poor backgrounds.

Date:
19/02/2015
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Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future

This report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills is the outcome of a six-month enquiry into competitiveness and skills in the UK, specifically looking at how ready the UK workforce is for the rapidly changing digital workplace.

Date:
19/02/2015
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Life Lessons: PSHE and SRE In Schools

This House of Commons Education Committee report highlights the major contribution high quality PSHE and SRE can make towards safeguarding children and boosting their health and well being. The report notes that parents want schools to provide PSHE and teachers want better training, but the subject is being held back by a lack of funding and lowly status.

Date:
19/02/2015
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Teacher Judgement Of Student Achievement

This study, published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Educational Psychology, examined personality similarity between teachers and their students and its impact on teacher judgement of student achievement in the domains of reading comprehension and mathematics.

Date:
19/02/2015
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