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Issue LB.128

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Learning To Be An Engineer

This research published by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the University of Winchester’s Centre for Real-World Learning found that schools that adapted their teaching to encourage students to develop ‘engineering habits of mind’ reaped the benefits not just in science and maths, but in pupils’ communication skills, artistic ability and confidence to engage in class discussions.

Date:
30/03/2017
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Financial Sustainability Of Schools

The biggest school funding shortages in England since the 1990s are threatening to damage standards, according to this report by the cross-party Public Accounts Committee, which finds that funding per pupil is reducing in real terms, which will mean schools cutting spending by £3bn by 2019-20.

Date:
30/03/2017
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Does Teacher Encouragement Influence Students’ Educational Progress?

Encouragement from teachers is key to keeping pupils engaged with education after the age of 16, suggests this study by Cambridge University research of more than 4,000 students in England. This is the first study of its kind to quantify the effect of encouragement on pupils, says the university.

Date:
30/03/2017
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Graduates Career Planning And Its Effect On Their Outcomes

This DfE research examines student outcomes and career planning strategies. The study examined UK students who completed their full-time undergraduate study in 2011/12 and were aged 18-21 at the outset of their study. The cohort consisted of 7,500 students drawn from 27 institutions.

Date:
30/03/2017
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Evaluation of Breakfast Clubs in Schools with High Levels of Deprivation

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of a programme initiated by the Department for Education (DfE) to set up and run breakfast clubs in schools with over 35% of their pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), and which had no existing breakfast club. A key aim was to enable schools to build a sustainable club which would continue after the programme ended.

Date:
04/06/2017
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Reliability Of Short School Inspections

This study of the reliability of Ofsted’s new short inspections asks the question: ‘Do two inspectors inspecting the same school make consistent decisions?’

Date:
04/06/2017
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Evidence For The Frontline

This NFER evaluation of the pilot of Evidence for the Frontline – an online brokerage service which supports more effective use of research evidence by schools - found that senior leaders and teachers were positive in reporting that using E4F helped to improve their schools’ approach to using research evidence and that it gave them opportunities to discuss research evidence with others.

Date:
04/06/2017
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School Governance Reform In Scotland

As the Scottish government reviews the governance structures and processes of Scottish schools, this report considers what reforms to school governance could have a positive effect on attainment, including what evidence there is for a gap between denominational and non-denominational schools. It also makes recommendations for how decision-making powers over education should be devolved to the local level as default.

Date:
04/06/2017
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Understanding The Changing Gaps In Higher Education Participation In Different Regions Of England

This DfE report presents the findings from a study to develop a fuller understanding of reasons for regional variations in higher education participation.

Date:
13/04/2017
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Encouraging People Into University

This DfE report shows that sending letters to young people influences their behaviour when applying to university. The research tested whether supplying young people with personalised information on their career options affected their future behaviour - an approach referred to as ‘nudging’.

Date:
13/04/2017
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Understanding Costs Of A Level Provision Via The Decision Making Process Behind Class Sizes

Over the last three years, A level providers have experienced a period of considerable change. This change has centred on the way in which post-16 provision is funded, the levels of per-pupil funding and expectations around qualifications and how they are structured. This research explores the decisions behind A level class sizes and the effects they have on their cost efficiency.

Date:
13/04/2017
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11-16 Year-Olds Mental Health Survey

This research for BBC School Report, shows that half of teenagers with mental wellbeing issues try to cope alone and that schools must do more on mental health.

Date:
13/04/2017
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Teacher Regulation in England – playing fair with Teachers' careers?

An independent panel of the National College of Teaching and Leadership now hears professional misconduct cases instead of the GTCE. But their decision can be over-ruled by the Secretary of State of Education or her representative. This is what happened to Mr Mark Lonnie.

Date:
13/04/2017
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Case Studies Of Behaviour Management Practices In Schools Rated Outstanding

This DfE report provides a summary of the findings from ASK Research’s qualitative research into behaviour management practices in schools.

Date:
21/04/2017
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Creating A Culture: How School Leaders Can Optimise Behaviour

In 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) asked Tom Bennett to conduct a review of behaviour management practices in schools. This independent review of behaviour in schools by Tom Bennett concludes that there were substantive opportunities for improvement in both the content and pedagogy of how new teachers are trained to run classrooms and direct the behaviour.

Date:
19/04/2017
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Students’ Well-Being: PISA 2015 Results

Most 15-year-olds report being happy with their lives, this international PISA study of students' well-being suggests. The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found an average satisfaction score of 7.3 on a scale from nought to 10. UK teenagers had a below average satisfaction score of seven.

Date:
21/04/2017
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The Charity Digital Skills

This report by the Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications reveals that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital transformation.

Date:
21/04/2017
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