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A New Model For The Regulation Of Qualifications

A New Model For The Regulation Of Qualifications.  The DCSF will create a new independent regulator of qualifications and tests. Building on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s achievements in regulation, it will be responsible for: • continuing to secure the standards of qualifications and tests; • ensuring that public investment in qualifications provides good value for money; • accrediting existing and new qualifications; • monitoring and reporting on the standards of tests and qualifications; • regulating the awarding body market. This document details the planned changes. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Embedding Anti-Bullying Work In Schools

This DCSF anti-bullying guidance covers both how schools should tackle bullying in general and how schools can respond to the different kinds of bullying, such as cyberbullying, homophobic bullying and racist bullying.  This guidance provides an overall framework for schools in managing all types of bullying behaviour. It also includes advice on more speciic types of bullying. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Guidance On The Place Of Creationism And Intelligent Design

This DCSF guidance discusses Creationism and Intelligent Design and offers advice notes. As they have no underpinning scientific principles or explanations, they are not part of the science National Curriculum programmes of study. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Pupil Participation In Decision Making

This report refers to a range of policy developments within education that encourage the involvement of young people in decision making. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Ways To Make Headship More Attractive

This article presents 20 ideas that headteachers individually or the system at large could adopt to help attract and retain talented people. They offer ways to make the job more appealing and enjoyable.  Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Food In Schools: Encouraging Healthier Eating

This Ofsted survey aims to evaluate the progress schools have made in meeting the 2006 interim standards for food in schools and identify strategies helping pupils and families understand healthy eating. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Citizenship In The Secondary School Curriculum In England

This DCSF-funded Citizenship Study looks at personalised learning and participation in the classroom, school and community, and suggests that while the potential for citizenship to contribute to general education policy is in place, there is still some distance to go if this potential is to be fulfilled in practice. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Attendance In Secondary Schools

This survey evaluates the impact of the National Strategy in promoting attendance and identified critical factors in reducing and preventing attendance problems in secondary schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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The Cost to the Nation of Children’s Poor Communication

This I CAN report updates three of the contemporary issues in children’s communication: the growing recognition of the scale of children’s poor communication; the increased awareness of the need for early intervention and the importance of skills development for the entire children’s workforce. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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DCSF Guidance To Schools On School Uniform And Related Polic

This guidance was published following a three month consultation. It urges all schools to have a school uniform, but warns that any set policy must be affordable, non-discriminatory and sensitive to the needs of pupils. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Building on the Best - Work Related Learning

This is the final report and implementation plan of the DCSF review of 14-19 Work-related Learning. It sets out what the government will do to raise standards in the delivery of opportunities for work-related learning so that the best possible outcomes are secured for young people in preparation for working life, for active involvement with their local communities and for their future economic well-being. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Disengagement and re-engagement of young people in learning

This review aims to identify the nature, scope and causes of disengagement at key stage 3 and to explore how far interventions have been successful in preventing or reversing disengagement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Reforming And Developing The School Workforce

This report evaluates the introduction and implementation of workforce reform within the context of the national agreement and other initiatives related to workforce deployment. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Reflections on Childhood - Learning

This survey by the Children’s Society explores views around schools and what adults would be prepared to do to get children into good schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Early Years. Getting On Well

This paper is the second national report in which Ofsted sets out how early years and childcare settings are supporting the Every Child Matters outcomes for children. This report focuses on the ‘enjoying and achieving’ and ‘making a positive contribution’ outcomes. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Pupil Participation in School Sport and Physical Education

This is the fourth in the series of annual surveys of the School Sport Partnership Programme. The survey raises a concern about pupils in Years 10 and 11, amongst whom there are relatively low levels of participation in two hours of PE and school sport. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Parenting & The Different Ways It Can Affect Children’s Live

The quality of parent-child relationships is significantly associated with learning skills and educational achievement. Children’s reading ability is associated with the reading environment around them and there is evidence that parental involvement with school is associated with achievement. This paper summarises findings from seven reviews of existing research on parenting, as well as those of black and minority ethnic parents and families living in poverty  with restricted access to support services. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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Children and New Technology - The Byron Review

The Byron Review is gathering evidence for an independent review, supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture Media and Sport, into the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. A key challenge for the Review will be to make recommendations which can keep pace with the emergence of new technologies, including the increasing diversity of ‘ways in’ to the internet through mobile technology.  Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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The Impact Of ICT In Schools

Becta commissioned researchers from the Quality in Education Centre, University of Strathclyde, to review the literature on ICT in schools to build a 'big picture' of the impact ICT has had across the schools sector in the UK. This review looks at the evidence of the impact of ICT across all areas of school life, including teaching and learning, attainment, personalisation, home-school links, administration and management. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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BESA Annual ICT in UK State Schools Study

This summary report is the tenth in a series of annual surveys by BESA ((the British Educational Suppliers Association)) which aims to identify the provision and use of ICT in UK state schools. The BESA research report covers ICT issues including PC & laptop computer provision, networking & peripheral technologies such as interactive whiteboards, communications and the internet, financing of ICT and software and embedding ICT. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 22

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