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The One Type of Leader Who Can Turn Around a Failing School

This new study by the Centre for High Performance reveals that PE and RE teachers are least effective superheads, are more likely to adopt a damaging “short-termist” approach to running schools, but are awarded the most honours.

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28/10/2016
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Apprenticeships Evaluation 2015 – Learners

This report by IFF Research, with the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick presents the findings of the Apprenticeship Evaluation Learner Survey 2015 The research is intended to help monitor key progress indicators and develop a greater understanding of recent policy reforms.

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28/10/2016
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Parent-Mediated Social Communication Therapy For Young Children With Autism (PACT)

Giving mums and dads the skills to become 'super-parents' can dramatically improve their child's autism, according to this long-term study published in the Lancet. The results are the first to show long-term symptom reduction after a randomised controlled trial of early intervention in autism spectrum disorder. They support the clinical value of the PACT intervention and have implications for developmental theory.

Date:
28/10/2016
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SFCA Funding Impact Survey Report 2016

Funding pressures mean pupils at sixth-form colleges in England must choose from an increasingly narrow range of A-level subjects, according to the Sixth Form Colleges Association's annual survey.

Date:
28/10/2016
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SEND: Experiences With Schools And Colleges

This DfE report looks at the experience that parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and young people with SEND, have of school and colleges.

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03/11/2016
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Children’s and Young People’s Writing in 2015

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, according to this report by the National Literacy Trust. The report outlines children’s enjoyment of writing, writing frequency and writing attitudes.

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03/11/2016
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State of Create: 2016

This report by Adobe, produced by the research firm Edelman Intelligence, shows that show investing in creativity pays off with tangible benefits – from higher income to greater national competitiveness and productivity. It reveals people who identify as creators report household income that is 13 percent higher than non-creators. More than two-thirds believe that being creative helps make people better workers, leaders, parents and students.

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03/11/2016
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Evaluation of the Impact and Implementation of Inspire Maths in Year 1 Classrooms in England

This research by Oxford University Press reveals that ‘Singapore’ approach to teaching maths can work in UK classrooms. Oxford University Press is now calling for a debate on raising maths attainment by supporting teachers embed mastery in UK education.

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03/11/2016
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Failure to Disclose

Madeleine Thomson, Head of the Employment team at commercial law practice Seddons, looks at some practical steps schools can take to minimise the risk of claims for unfair dismissal.

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03/11/2016
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Earning And Learning: Making The Apprenticeship System Work For 16–18-Year-Olds

Too many apprenticeships in England do not help teenagers start a career or progress to higher vocational education, which is contributing to England’s relatively high levels of youth unemployment, as many young people struggle to make the transition from education to work, according to this IPPR report.

Date:
11/11/2016
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Seeing The Future: Children’s Eye Health

It is estimated that over one and a half million school-aged children have an undiagnosed issue with their vision in England and there are clear indications that the number of children affected by poor vision and eye health will increase. This Green Paper by Boots Opticians calls on all sectors responsible for children’s health, education and sport to work together to help tackle the unmet need.

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11/11/2016
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Financial And Non-Financial Incentives In Education

Low-achieving students respond to incentives to increase their effort and engagement at school and do better than predicted on GCSE exams as a consequence. That is the main finding of this discussion paper, published by the University of Bristol.

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11/11/2016
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A Question of Quality

This TES report shows that schools are finding ways of successfully filling vacancies, but worries are growing that this is at the expense of teacher quality.

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11/11/2016
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Adolescents’ Perceptions Of The Applications Used For, Motives For, And Consequences Of Sexting

This new study, published in the Journal of Youth Studies, highlights a need for practitioners to discuss with teenagers safe ways to engage in so-called 'sexting', the sending of self-made, sexually explicit images sent via mobile phone or computers. The research uncovers a disparity between gendered perceptions of sexting, and what the perceived risks and consequences are.

Date:
17/11/2016
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The School Leadership Challenge: 2022

This report from The Future Leaders Trust, Teach First and Teaching Leaders suggests there will be a shortage of 19,000 school leaders in England by 2022. The report delivers the first integrated, nation-wide view into the challenges around developing and identifying school leaders and presents solutions and successful initiatives in the UK and elsewhere.

Date:
17/11/2016
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A Strategy To Get England’s Children Reading

This new strategy document from the Read On. Get On. campaign shows a new way of measuring how well 11-year-olds are reading – for the first time looking at reading for pleasure.

Date:
17/11/2016
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Children And Parents: Media Use And Attitudes Report 2016

This Ofcom report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4.

Date:
17/11/2016
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Education In The North Of England

This DfE research looks at evidence on primary and secondary schools in the North to understand problems with the quality of education in the north of England and its causes, and to identify effective provision in the North.

Date:
25/11/2016
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Fit For Digital

This study commissioned by Fujitsu found 96% of UK’s business leaders admit their organisation must evolve before they can thrive in a digital world and 44% admit their businesses will not exist in its current form in five years.

Date:
25/11/2016
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Digital And Traditional Learning

Today’s children have more opportunities than ever before to learn from interactive technology. Students no longer just learn from textbooks or in a classroom – they also learn on tablets and mobile devices. This study, published by Frontiers in Psychology, shows that interactive media instruction, often via the use of iPads, can be equally as effective as one-on-one instruction when it comes to teaching young children.

Date:
25/11/2016
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Assortative Mating On Educational Attainment Leads To Genetic Spousal Resemblance

People with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry and have children with people with similar DNA, according to this new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Date:
25/11/2016
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