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Parliamentary Privilege

This report by the Sutton Trust looks at the educational backgrounds of candidates in winnable seats. It shows that social mobility into the highest echelons of government has not improved and that the next government is strongly tilted toward a narrow slice of privately educated elite university graduates.

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26/02/2015
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School Improvement In London: A Global Perspective

This CfBT Education Trust charity report considers how successful London's schools have been over the past decade and identifies what might be learned from the transformation that is relevant to policymakers and educationalists worldwide.

Date:
26/02/2015
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What Kids Are Reading 2015

This annual study by Renaissance Learning of British children’s reading habits reveal a striking contrast between the books that children read the most and those they vote for as their favourites.

Date:
26/02/2015
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School Home Support (SHS) Manifesto 2015-2020

School Home Support (SHS) has published a manifesto calling for the next Government to eliminate the barriers that many children face in accessing education. SHS is a charity working with children and families to maximise educational opportunities and improve their life chances.

Date:
26/02/2015
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Safeguarding Guidance

The Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance was published in April 2014 to clarify and highlight schools’ roles in safeguarding and child protection. Here we look at what school headteachers and school leaders need to know about safeguarding.

Date:
27/02/2015
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Mapping the Exclusion Process: Inequality, Justice and the Business of Education

This small scale, qualitative study by The Community Empowerment Network examines how the rapid restructuring of the English education system and recent changes to the exclusion appeals process is shaping the respective practices of parents, schools and local authorities.

Date:
05/03/2015
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The Wrong Blazer: Time For Action On School Uniform Costs

This report by The Children’s Society reveals families are spending an average of £251 per year for each child at a state primary school and £316 for a child at a state secondary school on uniforms. Much of the high cost is because of school uniform policies that make parents buy specific items of clothing and accessories from specialist shops. Many low income families find the costs of school uniform a real struggle and more than half a million are living in families that have got into debt because of uniform costs. The report calls for action from Government to make sure uniforms are more affordable.

Date:
05/03/2015
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The Link Between Absence And Attainment At KS2 And KS4

This DfE research suggests that pupils taken out of school even for short breaks are less likely to achieve good results in English, maths and science.

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05/03/2015
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Changes In Media Consumption, Play And Literacy From The 1950s To The 2010s

This University of Sheffield study, published in the International Journal of Play, finds that children are leading the transition to digital media today. But, while too much time online could cause developmental problems, media consumption habits may not be making our children less bright or sociable. This paper is concerned with how children respond to media texts and considers the nature of children as media consumers in the 1950s and the 2010s.

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05/03/2015
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Young Digital Makers

This report by Nesta points to a new digital divide, showing that for every child learning to make things using digital technology, over 60 are being left behind. The report maps interest, opportunities and support in the UK – both in and out of school – for young people to learn how to use digital technologies to make their own apps, games, websites as well as editing music, videos, images and so on.

Date:
11/03/2015
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The Most Able Students

This Ofsted report finds that schools are still not doing enough to ensure the most able children fulfil their potential. Many of the most able children who attend non-selective secondary schools are failing to achieve their potential, compared with students who attend selective and independent schools. The report follows up on an earlier survey carried out in 2013 – and concludes that very few improvements have been made over the intervening two years.

Date:
11/03/2015
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The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence

This OECD report suggests that education systems have made major strides to close gender gaps in student performance, but girls and boys remain deeply divided in career choices, which are being made much earlier than commonly thought. It also showed that teachers are more lenient in their marking of girls' schoolwork, and that girls receive higher marks compared with boys of the same ability.

Date:
11/03/2015
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A Rising Tide: The Competitive Benefits of Free Schools

Free Schools are raising standards for other pupils across the local community, especially in some of the poorest performing schools, as well for the pupils who attend them.This Policy Exchange report sets out a detailed analysis on the performance of local schools where a Free School has opened.

Date:
11/03/2015
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Building Good Relationships Between Children And The Police

This report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children sets out a range of recommendations to provide a clear framework for strengthening police practice in relation to children and young people. Key issues include the use of stop and search on under 18, the detention of children and young people in police custody, police engagement in the local community, and addressing the needs of vulnerable children.

Date:
19/03/2015
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Promoting, Protecting And Improving Our Children And Young People’s Mental Health And Wellbeing

This report by The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce looks at what needs to be done to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. At least one in four of the population experience problems at some point in their lives. Over half of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by age 18.

Date:
19/03/2015
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Vision For Science And Mathematics Education

The Prime Minster has announced a major push to get more maths and physics teachers into classrooms. This Royal Society report looks at the range of strategies that will be required to ensure we have enough suitably qualified science and mathematics teachers.

Date:
19/03/2015
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The Competitive Benefits of Free Schools

This Policy Exchange report looks at the wider benefits or otherwise of Free Schools on their local communities. The data suggests Free Schools are helping to raise standards not just for the pupils who attend them but for other pupils across the local community.

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19/03/2015
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Subject To Background

This Sutton Trust report looks at children’s education careers by drawing on data from a sample of more than 3,000 young people who have been tracked through school since the age of three. The findings reveal that bright but disadvantaged children are considerably less likely to take the subjects most likely to get them into good universities than their more advantaged counterparts.

Date:
19/03/2015
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Engineering UK 2014

This report from Engineering UK indicates that the UK does not have either the current capacity or the rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers by 2020.

Date:
25/03/2015
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Young Adults And Politics Today: Disengaged And Disaffected Or Engaged And Enraged?

Eighty per cent of young adults say they have little or no trust in politicians - but this does'nt mean they aren't interested in politics, according to this new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). This report shows that young adults with lower levels of education are substantially less likely to vote and to be politically engaged than those with university degrees or A-levels. By age 23, less than a third (31%) of those who left school at 16 definitely plan to vote in future, compared with nearly three-quarters (72%) of young people with degrees.

Date:
25/03/2015
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What Works In Promoting Social And Emotional Well-Being In Schools?

This report by The National Children’s Bureau (NCB), provides advice for schools to better support pupils with mental health issues and to promote well-being as part of school life.

Date:
25/03/2015
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Early Words Together Final Report

This report by the National Literacy Trust shows the results of the of the six-week Early Words Together pilot programme on children’s vocabulary, funded by the Department of Education. It found that those children who were falling behind caught up with their peers.

Date:
25/03/2015
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