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Issue LB.112

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Effective Teaching And Learning Observation In Further Education Colleges

This Estyn report focuses on effective teaching and learning observations in further education (FE) colleges. The use of the term ‘teaching and learning observations’ reflects the wide range of settings and contexts in which learning takes place in further education, for example classrooms, workshops, kitchens and salons.

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29/10/2015
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Ethnicity, Poverty And Youth Employment: Improving Outcomes For Young People

Young people from ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in the labour market. This Solutions paper examines mainstream initiatives that have supported young people’s transitions into work, and sets out recommendations for improving support, offering a more effective route out of poverty.

Date:
29/10/2015
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Extending The Early Years Entitlement: Costings, Concerns And Alternatives

This briefing examines how best to deliver the proposed extension to the free offer of childcare hours. It also presents recommendations for more strategic alternatives to the extension, and demonstrates the need for a long-term strategy.

Date:
29/10/2015
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Young People And Social Security: An International Review

The UK government has announced important changes to young people’s social security entitlements, including withdrawing an ‘automatic’ entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18- to 21-year-olds. This report reviews the social security entitlements of young people and the responsibilities that parents have towards them in six advanced economies.

Date:
29/10/2015
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Breaking Down Barriers To Apprenticeship

This Estyn report identifies the barriers that prevent learners from BME communities and those with disabilities from engaging in apprenticeship programmes. It identifies examples of good practice in promoting diversity in apprenticeships, with a focus on young people from BME communities and young people with disabilities, as well as identifying good practice examples of joint working between providers, employers and communities to achieve diversity in apprenticeships.

Date:
04/11/2015
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Mental Health And Wellbeing Among Adolescents In Scotland: Profile And Trends

This report by the Scottish government looks at trends and key associations for the mental health of boys and girls aged 13 and 15 between 2006 and 2013 and concludes that this group appears to be suffering much poorer mental health.The report explores further explores the factors which best predict higher and lower mental health and wellbeing.

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04/11/2015
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Is Britain Fairer?

This comprehensive review by The Equality and Human Rights Commission reports that progress has stalled over the past five years for young people and poor white boys in particular.

Date:
04/11/2015
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Schools Today: The Governor Perspective

This new report on governors from The Key provides country-wide statistics as governors report on major uphill struggles in managing and implementing crucial elements of a successfully run school, the difficulty in recruiting governors and the difference of opinions between themselves and school leaders.

Date:
04/11/2015
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Socio-Economic, Ethnic And Gender Differences In HE Participation

This new research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, funded by the Departments of Education and Business, Innovation and Skills, finds that all ethnic minority groups in England are now, on average, more likely to go to university than their White British peers. This is the case even amongst groups who were previously under represented in higher education, such as those of Black Caribbean ethnic origin, a relatively recent change.

Date:
12/11/2015
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Tackling Inequalities In The Early Years

Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) is a Scottish Government funded longitudinal study that is currently tracking the lives of two cohorts of children from across Scotland. This report draws together findings from 10 years of analysis of the GUS data to highlight how the study has contributed to the evidence base on children and families in Scotland, in particular on the extent of and how to reduce inequalities in outcomes in the early years.

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12/11/2015
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Supporting The Attainment Of Disadvantaged Pupils

The performance gap between pupils from more and less advantaged backgrounds in England is one of the largest among OECD countries. As a result, the Department for Education commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to investigate the differences between schools in the performance of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Date:
12/11/2015
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Beginning Teaching: Best In Class?

Initial teacher education (ITE) for teachers of mathematics needs to be more consistent according to this report published by ACME, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education. It argues that there are a number of elements that should be consistent across every ITE programme, whatever route is taken.

Date:
12/11/2015
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Isolated Schools: Out On A Limb

This research by the head teacher training charity, Future Leaders Trust, explores the relationship between school performance and relative geographical isolation in England, defined as the straight-line distance to the next nearest secondary school.

Date:
19/11/2015
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Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the UK

This report by the University of Leicester strongly recommends that governments in the UK should urgently consider afresh the rationale underlying collective worship and religious observance in schools. It argues that there is currently no accepted rationale – and only when one is agreed can an informed debate begin on whether the current duties should be maintained or amended.

Date:
19/11/2015
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The Contribution of Further Education and Skills to Social Mobility

This report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills looks at recent evidence about the contribution of Further Education (FE) and skills to social mobility in England, and the movement of people through social strata.

Date:
19/11/2015
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Association Between Breakfast Consumption And Educational Outcomes In 9–11-Year-Old Children

This report by Cambridge University Press suggests that children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to do well in end of primary school assessments than those who do not. It also found unhealthy food such as sweets had no positive effect.

Date:
19/11/2015
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