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Policy Frameworks for English Primary Education

The Primary Review is an independent inquiry which is looking at 10 major themes before publishing final recommendations in October 2008. This briefing provides an overview of the latest four Primary Review Research Reports published in February 2008 which suggest that the effects of an increasing government control of the curriculum between 1988 and 2007 has led to a narrowing of the curriculum and a decrease in the quality of English primary schooling. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Guidance for Local Authorities

From 1 April 2008, local authorities will have a duty to provide information, advice and assistance to parents and prospective parents of children and young people up to age 20. This is statutory guidance on local authorities' duty to provide this information, published by the DCSF. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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The 2008 Drug Strategy

17 per cent of school children aged 11–15 have used an illegal drug in the last year. This new drug strategy for 2008 sets out the key areas for action by the government in tackling this problem. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Successful Transition From Primary To Secondary School

This DCSF report investigating the influence of pre-school, primary and secondary school on children’s cognitive and social/behavioural development and suggests how the transition experience could be improved to enhance the smooth continuity between primary and secondary school. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Children\'s Well-Being in Primary School

This report by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning investigates pupil and school effects on children’s well-being during primary school.  Four areas of children’s well-being are examined: mental health, pro-social behaviour, antisocial behaviour, and achievement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Interventions on Aggressive Behaviour

This systematic review looks at the impact of school-based programmes to strengthen cognitive skills among children in order to improve their ability to interpret and respond to cues from the world around them. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Childhood Wellbeing Qualitative Research Study

This study into children’s wellbeing for the Department for Children, Schools and Families looks into children's wellbeing and happiness to gain an understanding of the key reasons for the erosion of family life and the decline of good manners and appropriate behaviour by children. It also identifies key areas of concern for parents. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Women into Headship

The number of women head teachers in England has grown by 7% over the last five years to 13,800 female heads. This study for the National College of School Leadership by ICM Research provides detailed statistics of the factors responsible for the increase, including changing attitudes to work. ICM conducted 1,090 interviews with female teachers (573) and female headteachers (517) in school locations by telephone. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Preventing Youth Crime

This report makes the case for a more therapeutic and family-based approach to youth offending, as opposed to the present, more punitive, system. The arguments for the proposed approach are made not only on humanitarian grounds, but also in terms of economics and efficacy. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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Developing Financially Capable Young People

This OfSTED report examines the development of personal finance education in schools and colleges. It presents the case for personal finance education and considers the knowledge, skills and understanding that young people should develop through personal finance education. Key factors underpinning good practice are highlighted and the barriers to development are identified. Recommendations are made about how provision might be improved further. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 28

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