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Drug Testing and Human Rights

Schools could be a new battleground in the so-called ‘war on drugs’ – but would random testing infringe human rights laws? Amelia Wallington explores the implications for schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Drug Use Amongst Young People

The Home Office has published three new reports about young people and drug use: Risk, protective factors and resilience to drug use: identifying resilient young people and learning from their experiences; Predictive factors for illicit drug use among young people: a literature review; and Evaluation of Drug Interventions Programme pilots for children and young people: arrest referral, drug testing and Drug Treatment and Testing Requirements. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Evaluating Outcomes For children With Additional Learning Ne

Education providers and local authorities need to make better use of information and work together if they are to evaluate how well learners with special educational needs are doing, says a new report by Estyn. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Out of Authority Placements for Special Educational Needs

This is an Audit Commission report that aims to help and challenge councils and others involved in meeting complex special needs to plan and commission provision in the most cost-effective way. In particular, it aims to contribute to the delivery of better outcomes for this group of vulnerable children and young people. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Influences on Children’s Attainment in Year 5

This 63-page report presents the results of analyses related to the Key Stage 2 phase of a major longitudinal study investigating the influence of pre-school and primary school on children’s cognitive and social/behavioural development in England. It focuses on the relationships between various child, family, home, pre-school and primary school characteristics and measures of children’s cognitive attainment in Year 5 of primary school (age 10). Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Citizenship Education

This 356 page report by the Education and Skills Select Committee highlights the key issues that need to be addressed by Government and others if citizenship education is to achieve the status and impact hoped for by its proponents. The committee calls for more trained teachers of citizenship able to address controversial topics and issues of human rights, equalities and diversity with their students. Published March 2007 Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Preventing Unintentional Injury to Children

This joint report from the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission examines the deployment of resources, arrangements for working in partnership and activities to prevent unintentional injury to children, especially the under fives. Published March 2007 Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Consultation on school, early years and 14-16 funding

This consultation sets out proposals to refine the current school funding architecture and establish clear funding arrangements for early years and 14-16 education for 2008-11. The overall level of funding available will be announced later this year in the Comprehensive Spending Review Settlement 2007. Published March 2007 Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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The status of teachers and the teaching profession in Englan

This 103 page document for the DfES reports from both inside and outside the teaching profession about people’s attitudes towards the status of teachers and teaching as a profession. The data comes from The Teacher Status Project (2002 – 2006), which surveyed teachers, governors, parents, teaching assistants and the public to determine attitudes to teaching. The surveys were carried out in 2003 and 2006. Published March 2007 Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Making The Case For Languages

This is the final report of Lord Dearing’s Languages Review as part of the Languages for all strategy. The report’s recommendations have been accepted by the Secretary of State, who has announced that learning a foreign language will become a compulsory part of the curriculum for 7-14 year olds when the primary National Curriculum is next reviewed. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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The Impact Of Workforce Remodelling On Pupils’ Learning And

A UK-wide agreement, designed to reduce the bureaucratic burden on schools, has changed teachers’ contracts to provide extra time for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) activities. This report by Estyn reports on staff moral and the impact of the initiative. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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ICT Funding Guidance For Schools

This 32-page guidance from Becta aims to help schools consider the ICT grants available and decide how they can be used strategically to achieve individual aims and to meet the Government's priorities for education. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Effective Pre-School and Primary Education

The EPPE 3-11 Project has been tracing the development of 2500 children from age 3 to age 11 to determine the impact of the education system on pupils’ progress and development. This DfES report focuses on relationships between child, family, home, pre-school and primary school characteristics and children’s academic attainment in Year 5. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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DfES Guidance on School Uniform Related Policies

This consultation document includes draft guidance on school uniform, dress codes and other rules on appearance. The guidance provides advice to schools and governing bodies on how to develop fair and reasonable uniform policies. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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Tackling Worklessness & Child Poverty In London

This new report on Child Poverty in London, commissioned by The London Child Poverty Commission, highlights the need for government to co-ordinate its initiatives and place child poverty at the centre of policies. This research identifies and assesses current initiatives to tackle child poverty and increase employment both nationally and in the capital.  Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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The Disability Agenda

The Disability Rights Commission has identified 10 priority areas for action. This briefing provides an overview of the case for change and summarises recommendations of particular relevance to children, young people and families. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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The Foundation Stage: A Survey Of 144 Settings

This major Ofsted survey of the Foundation Stage involved visiting a variety of different settings to evaluate standards, achievement and the quality of provision for children aged three to five, as well as local authorities’ support. The survey’s findings provide a baseline from which the success of the Early Years Foundation Stage may be measured when it is implemented from September 2008 and subsequently inspected by Ofsted. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 16

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