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Issue LB.126

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Estyn Annual Report

The quality of teaching in Wales is weak, according to Estyn in its annual report. The report also found in about a third of primary schools inspected this year, more able children underachieved because their work was not challenging enough.

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05/02/2017
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Support Mechanisms for Evidence-based Policy-Making in Education

The UK has a good range of mechanisms in place to support evidence-based policy-making in education. This is one of the messages which emerge from this new NFER report that maps how evidence is used by education policy-makers across Europe.

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05/02/2017
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Alternative Provision: Effective Practice And Post-16 Transition

This DfE research looks into best practice for raising attainment and aiding transition to post-16 destinations for young people in alternative provision.

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05/02/2017
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Redressing The Balance

This NAHT report is the culmination of the discussions that took place within the independent Assessment Review Group over a series of meetings. The report sets out a series of principles that should underpin any future assessment system. It is hoped that the report will act as a conversation starter, and a tool to provoke further thought and discussion in the lead up to consultation.

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05/02/2017
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Getting The State Out Of Pre-School And Childcare

Childcare provision in the UK is amongst the most expensive in the developed world. This is despite the government pouring more than £7 billion into the sector every year. This report from the Institute of Economic Affairs calls for universal ‘free’ care to be abolished and for costly regulations to be scrapped in order to make childcare more affordable.

Date:
08/02/2017
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Young People's Views On Science Education

This survey by the Wellcome Trust looks at young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers. It found that the poorest pupils are most likely to miss out on practical science lessons in English schools. Furthermore over a quarter of GCSE students take little or no part in practical science experiments.

Date:
08/02/2017
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Children’s Worries

Almost two-thirds of children worry all the time, according to this survey by mental-health charity Place2Be, with concerns about family and friends and fear of failing at school being the top causes of anxiety.

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08/02/2017
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Gender Stereotypes About Intellectual Ability Emerge Early And Influence Children's Interests

Girls as young as six years old associate high-level academic ability with men more than women, according to this report published in the journal Science.

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08/02/2017
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Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement

Childcare quality is often thought to be important for influencing children’s subsequent attainment at school. However, having a graduate teacher in a nursery has only a limited impact on children's attainment, according to this report by the London School of Economics.

Date:
17/02/2017
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Civil Law Rules on Robotics

This advisory report from the Legal Affairs Committee on the ethics, development and future of artificial intelligence capabilities, warns of a growing need for regulation to address the issue of increasingly autonomous robots and other forms of sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI).

Date:
17/02/2017
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Good Practice In Early Education

This NatCen research examines good practice in early education as part of the study of early education and development (SEED).

Date:
17/02/2017
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Effective Management Of School Workforce Attendance In Primary Schools

This Estyn report evaluates the impact of the Welsh Government guidance on the effective management of school workforce attendance in primary schools. It considers how well primary schools, local authorities and regional consortia have implemented the guidance and the effect that it has had on the management of teacher and headteacher absence.

Date:
17/02/2017
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Educating All

This report by the charity, RECLAIM, found over 70% of students who identify as working class, feel that their class is a barrier when integrating at university, compared to only 12.5% of those who did not identify as working class. Working class young people are still failing to see universities as a ‘place for them’ and lack the same sense of entitlement and belonging as their middle class peers.

Date:
24/02/2017
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Evaluation of Subject Excellence Cluster

This DfE report shows how secondary school departmental heads use performance and entry profile data to improve pupil progress and departmental performance.

Date:
24/02/2017
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Parents’ Views And Demand For 30 Hours Free Childcare

This DfE brief summarises findings from a survey which aimed to examine parents’ views and demand for the 30 hours free childcare extended entitlement for working parents of three- and four- year olds, due to be rolled out in September 2017.

Date:
24/02/2017
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Literacy Vulnerability Score

A study by the National Literacy Trust and Experian has revealed that the vast majority of constituencies in England (86%) contain at least one ward with serious literacy issues. According to the data, children’s futures will be put in jeopardy if action isn’t taken at a local level to tackle England’s deep-rooted literacy crisis.

Date:
24/02/2017
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