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Ofqual Investigation into OCR’s Summer 2014 GCSE and A Level Marking Issues

Ofqual has published a report following its investigation of marking issues identified at the exam board OCR last summer. The regulator’s investigation followed concerns about OCR’s ability to mark all of its 2014 GCSE and A level papers on time.

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11/08/2015
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The Realities of Cyber Parenting: What Pre-teens and Teens Are Up To Online

This online report by Intel Security shows that 60% of children aged 8-16 are interested in learning to program or code for new apps or websites. Furthermore, a quarter of parents are hopeful their child is learning to write computer code to help in obtaining a job for the future.

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11/08/2015
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Children's Independent Mobility: An International Comparison

New international research by Policy Studies Institute (PSI) at the University of Westminster has revealed that parents in England are more restrictive than those in other European countries, granting their children less freedom to travel and play in their local neighbourhood unaccompanied by adults.

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11/08/2015
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The Quality Of Assessment For Children In Need Of Help

Good-quality assessment for children in need of help is an essential part of keeping them safe. In recent years a number of Ofsted reports have identified poor quality assessments across many local authorities, especially in those judged less than good. This Ofsted report gives an up-to-date picture of how well local authorities were carrying out their assessments in early help, children in need and child protection work.

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11/08/2015
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Migrant salary for the education sector

The incoming pay threshold for non-European workers could cause chaos for the education sector. Under the new rules, introduced in 2011 but coming into effect next April, workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be forced out of the UK after six years if they don't reach earnings of at least £35,000. The Home Office has indicated that the change was made with a view to reducing the demand for migrant labour, but it effectively means that money employers have directed towards recruitment and training in the meantime has gone to waste. Tijen Ahmet, Immigration Solicitor at SA Law, discusses the issue…

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11/08/2015
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School-To-School Support And Collaboration

This Estyn report gives examples of school-to-school support, including informal self-generated or brokered arrangements, collaborations and federations. The report considers what works, how and why it works, and the support mechanisms that sustain it. It also discusses the impact, success factors and obstacles facing these school-to-school initiatives.

Date:
03/09/2015
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Evaluation of In Harmony: Year 2

This Arts Council England (ACE) commissioned NFER report evaluates the In Harmony social and music education programme 2012–2015. The evaluation explores the impact of In Harmony for children, families, schools and wider communities, and the future sustainability of the programme.

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03/09/2015
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Absenteeism From Secondary Schools: Academic Year Ending July 2015

This annual Statistical First Release by the Welsh Government reports on absenteeism by pupils of compulsory school age in maintained secondary, special and independent schools in Wales.

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03/09/2015
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Changes Which Will Impact The Ability Of Older Adults To Maintain Social Networks Of Support

This report released by the London School of Economics and Political Science looks at the impact of the internet on older people in coming decades.

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03/09/2015
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Poor Beginnings: Health Inequalities Among Young Children Across England

This study by the National Children’s Bureau looks at the indicators of health and development in early childhood and reveals startling variations between different parts of England.

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09/09/2015
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Childhood Environment and Mental Wellbeing at Age 60-64 Years

This research by University College London has found that adults who were psychologically controlled as children by their parents are more likely to have poor mental health.

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09/09/2015
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Prospective Associations Between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, And Exam Results In British Adolescents

This study by Cambridge University shows a positive relationship between baseline physical activity and future school performance.

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09/09/2015
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Evaluation Of The Alcohol Education Trust's Talk About Alcohol Intervention

This report by the Alcohol Education Trust looks at the impact of their Talk About Alcohol intervention. The focus of this report is on students aged 15-16 (in Year 11). The study compares change in outcomes for an intervention group and a statistically matched comparison group.

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09/09/2015
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Key Stage 3: The Wasted Years?

This Ofsted report explores whether students are given enough support to make a good start at secondary school and finds that many pupils in the early years of secondary school are being failed, as resources are skewed towards the upper age groups. It urges head teachers to make Key Stage 3, more of a priority.

Date:
17/09/2015
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Entry To, And Progression In, Work

This report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that people people from ethnic minority groups are often at a disadvantage in the labour market. They are more likely to be unemployed than white British people, are over-represented in poorly paid and unstable jobs, and are less able to secure opportunities for job progression or employment which matches their skills and abilities.

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17/09/2015
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School Inspection September 2015

The changes to inspection processes from September 2015 continue the process of radical reform. Ann O'Hara presents a summary of the main changes to the Inspection Framework for leaders and governors.

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17/09/2015
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The Reality Of Failure To Educate Claims

With the recent publication of exam results, there will inevitably be pupils who did not do as well as they had hoped. Some may seek to lay the blame for this at the door of their school, potentially through a failure to educate claim.

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17/09/2015
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Making Supplementary Schools Work For Your School

Mainstream schools can benefit in a number of ways from the work of the UK's many community-led educational programmes. This IPPR report makes recommendations for how more pupils, schools and communities can gain from the rich, extracurricular learning environments that these 'supplementary schools' offer.

Date:
24/09/2015
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Investing In The Future? Attitudes To University

This natcen paper examines public attitudes in England to higher education, exploring views on student finance (fees, loans and grants), the perceived fairness of the current system, and how views on these issues vary across different social and political groups.

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24/09/2015
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Study Of Early Education And Development (SEED): Quality Of Childminder Provision

This DfE research examines the quality of childminder provision available in England.

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24/09/2015
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School-To-School Support And Collaboration

This Estyn report from the Welsh Government gives examples of school-to-school support, including informal self-generated or brokered arrangements, collaborations and federations.

Date:
24/09/2015
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