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Changes to the Content of the 2006 Achievement and Attainmen

Changes to the League Tables were finalised in June 2006. Research shows that the most important influence on a school's results is the achievement of pupils before they come to the school. For the first time, the 2006 secondary school tables will include CVA figures. The new benchmark includes English and maths GCSEs. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Statutory Guidance on Schools Causing Concern

This 60-page guidance is intended to make sure fewer schools become a cause for concern, and to support those that are to recover more quickly. The consultation runs until 28 March 2007. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Pupil Attainment: Time For A Three Rs Guarantee

This report by the Institute of Public Policy Research suggests that too many children leave primary school without the necessary skills in reading, writing and maths and that the current assessment system is having unwelcome consequences for the quality of teaching and learning. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Advice On Developments In Leadership Programmes For Headteac

Estyn has published a report on the National Headship Development Programme which this year introduced a mandatory qualification for new head teachers in Wales. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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School Admissions Code

New rules on school admissions in England will mean that all children, regardless of background, have a fair and equal chance of taking up a place at their preferred school under the new mandatory School Admissions Code which has been laid before Parliament. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the new Code will come into force on 28 February 2007 and will apply to all maintained schools and Academies. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Annual Survey Of Senior Staff Appointments In Schools In Eng

This annual survey reveals that more than half of Catholic schools have had to re-advertise headteacher posts and many may soon have to turn to overseas candidates or face closure due to the failure of the Roman Catholic church to deal with the shortage of headteachers for its schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Obesity Guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published obesity guidelines on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Dips In Performance & Motivation

This research for the QCA into learner’s performance and motivation was prompted by concerns about a dip at Key Stage 3. The report is based on research across 29 countries. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Aiming For Excellence

The Aiming for Excellence programme has helped schools across Wales to raise standards at key stage 3. This report by Estyn outlines the achievements made in key stage 3 since the Welsh Assembly Government’s Aiming for Excellence programme was set up in 2002. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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The Impact Of New Labour’s Education Policies On Primary Sch

This ATL-commissioned research, which revisited 50 primary schools that were previously studied in the early ’90s, provides detailed insights into the impact of New Labour’s education policies on Key Stage 2. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Sure Start Children’s Centres

This National Audit Office document reports on the progress being made in creating children’s centres that bring together a range of services for pre-school children and families. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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National Childhood Obesity Database 2005-06

This report for the Department of Health summarises the prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst Reception and Year 6 children. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Impact Of ICT In Schools: A Landscape Review

This is a 93-page review of the research literature analysing the impact of ICT on the schools sector across the UK. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Making Good Progress

Making Good Progress - How Can We Help Every Pupil To Make Good Progress At School? This 26-page DfES consultation document discusses how we can help every pupil make good progress at school. It recognises improvements in the standards pupils achieve at school but suggests that some pupils are not making the desired level or rate of progress. The consultation runs until 2 April 2007. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Positive Activities for Young People

New legislation in the Education and Inspections Act 2006 introduces important new duties on local authorities regarding positive leisure time activities for young people. This draft guidance by the DfES discusses what local authorities should be doing for young people and builds on reforms proposed the Youth Matters Green Paper. The consultation runs until 30 March 2007. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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Are Schools Drifting Apart?

Intake Stratification in English Secondary schools. Expansion of school choice is a central theme in current debates on educational policy. While proponents argue that choice leads to benefits in attainment through increased competition others worry that it may lead to increased stratification of schools and rising inequality in educational provision and child outcomes. This project aims to evaluate changes over time in the extent of stratification. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 14

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