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Safeguarding Children In A Digital World

The Byron Review assesses the risks to children of potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. Adults instinctively know how to protect their children offline. However the assumption that children's greater technological expertise will ensure they can look after themselves online is unsafe, as knowledge is not the same as wisdom. This review seeks to preserve children's right to take the risks that form an inherent part of their development by enabling them to surf the net in a safe and informed way. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The Impact of the Media on Children

This report on Children and New Technology was prepared for the Byron Review by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.  It aims to provide a broad overview of the research literature concerned with the impact of the media on children and young people and focuses primarily on the internet. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The Hidden Life of Youth Online

Young people inhabit a vastly different world to that experienced by their parents. This IPPR report, drawing on landmark qualitative research with young people and original empirical analysis, aims to develop a policy agenda that would allow government, parents and internet providers to address growing concerns about child safety online while ensuring that the opportunities the internet offers to young people are not restricted. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The Children\'s Plan

The Government has a stated aim to make the UK the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. The Children’s Plan sets out how the DCSF is going to achieve this through focusing on the needs of families, children and young people. It sets out changes that will take place over the next 10 years that will help all young people, whatever their circumstances, to get on in life by. They are: strengthening support for all families during the formative early years of their children’s lives. taking the next steps in achieving world class schools and an excellent education for every child. involving parents fully in their children’s learning. *helping to make sure that young people have interesting and exciting things to do outside of school. and providing more places for children to play safely. Due to the document's relevance to recently published reports, this summary revisits key actions of the Plan by chapter. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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An Action Plan for Tackling Violence

This Action Plan sets out what the Government, together with the police and other delivery partners, will be doing to tackle serious violence over the next three years within the overarching framework of the Government’s new Public Service Agreements. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Attitudes to reading at ages 9 and 11

This NFER report considers attitudes to reading amongst Key Stage 2 pupils and follows up surveys in 1998 and 2003. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Delivering Choice and Control for Disabled People

This is the government’s new strategy to transform the lives of disabled people. It takes a life course approach, starting with young people in transition to adulthood. In relation to disabled young people, it seeks to ensure a seamless transition into adulthood, including for those with complex health needs, in all aspects of their life, including between children’s and adults’ services, as well as housing, transport, employment, education and training. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Trust Schools And The Law

With more and more schools looking at the benefits of trust status, education law expert, Mark Blois, of law firm, Browne Jacobson, looks at the legal implications. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Fair Play: A Consultation On The Play Strategy

The Children's Plan regards play as fundamental to the successful development of every child - encouraging creativity, teaching children to learn about risk, helping with their physical development and raising self-confidence. This consultation sets out how Government departments will work together to create more and better opportunities for all children to play. It builds on commitments and investment laid out in the Children's Plan. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The influence of School and Teaching Quality on Children\'s

This report investigates the way school and classroom processes affect the cognitive progress and social and behavioural development of children aged 6 to 10 in primary schools in England. It is part of the larger, DCSF funded study of Effective Pre-School and Primary Education that is following children’s cognitive and social/behavioural development from 3 to 11. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Pay, Progression and Professionalisation In The Early Years

This IPPR report from the 'Working out of Poverty' series highlights the significant and growing problem of poverty among working people in education and focuses on how poor pay undermines the quality of the early years workforce and the services it provides. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Effective Teacher-Pupil Dialogue To Promote Understanding In

This review, commissioned by the DCSF, investigates the role of teacher-pupil dialogue in promoting pupils’ conceptual understanding of mathematics. It does this by considering the research evidence regarding effective teacher-initiated teacher-pupil dialogue which promotes pupils’ understanding of mathematics at Key Stages 2 to 3. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The Impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on Three Year Olds

This is the latest report from the National Evaluation of Sure Start programme into the impact of Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) on young children and their families over time. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Gangs and Schools: Interim Report

NASUWT, the largest UK-wide teachers’ union, has published the interim findings of its Gangs and Schools report, ahead of the publication of the full report in September 2008. The report suggests that there is no widespread problem of gang-related activity in schools but where it exists it is of significant concern. The report suggests that peer mentoring schemes involving vetted ex-gang members should do more work with young people about the reality of life in a gang and the negative consequences of gang culture. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Sir Alan Steer Behaviour Review Interim Report

This interim report by Sir Alan Steer on ‘behaviour in schools’ reviews the progress made since his 2005 publication of the Practitioners’ Group on School Behaviour and Discipline. It follows a commitment in the Children’s Plan to review progress in this area and to look at making behaviour partnerships compulsory. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Apprenticeship Pay Survey

This research, commissioned by the DCSF, looks at apprenticeship pay. The study seeks to establish the pay received by apprentices and then to evaluate the impact of interventions made as a result of the Review of Financial Support for 16-19 year olds. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Preventing Youth Crime

This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research argues for a more therapeutic and family-based approach to youth offending, as opposed to the present more punitive system. It identifies risk and protective factors and makes a range of recommendations for both primary and secondary prevention. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Strengthening Transfers And Transitions

This National Strategies report for the DCSF identifies seven key principles that underpin effective transfers and transitions between schools and offers case studies from the local authorities involved. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Effective Ways of Teaching Complex Expression in Writing

A key outcome of literacy teaching at secondary school is that pupils should be able to express themselves accurately in writing, and develop their ability to articulate increasingly complex ideas with clarity and confidence. The purpose of this report is to review the available evidence on the teaching of complex expression and develop an understanding of the ways in which teachers can best support the development of pupils' powers of articulation in writing and punctuation. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Alleviating Deprivation, Improving Social Mobility & Eradica

The Government has set itself the target of halving the number of children living in poverty by 2010-11 and eradicating child poverty by 2020. This report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee identifies progress made in reducing child poverty and outlines the adverse impact that growing up in poverty can have on outcomes for children and young people. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Drinking & Smoking Among Young Teenagers

The findings in this NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) report are based on the survey of Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England in 2006. The report contains in depth results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15. The survey monitors drug use, smoking and drinking and also investigates factors related to these behaviours. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Academies: A Model Education?

This Reform report by Richard Tice, the Chair of Governors at Northampton Academy, one of the first fifteen academies, examines at first hand the challenges of trying to turn around a failing school and the impact of the academy model in rapidly improving such a school. The report finds that the application of the management independence of the academy model could benefit all state schools through the reform of Government policy and it makes additional recommendations for significant reform in the English state education system. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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The labour market for teachers

This report by Professor John Howson on behalf of Policy Exchange considers the effects of teacher training policies on the labour market for teachers in the period since the Labour government came into office in 1997. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Access For Disabled Children And Young People To Extended Sc

Whilst many children’s centres and schools already offer real opportunities for learning for all, there is much on which we can build. Disabled children and their families have to be confident that services can meet their needs and be reliable and affordable. In accessing provision, some disabled children and their families have encountered barriers; in providing access, some children’s centres and schools have encountered challenges. This guidance, jointly published by the National Children’s Bureau, the Council for Disabled Children and DCSF, shares developing practice, taking account of the views of disabled children and young people and their families. It is consistent with, and complementary to, the Early Support Programme, the Government’s mechanism for achieving better coordinated, family focused services for young disabled children and their families across England. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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Ensuring The Attainment Of Black Pupils: Management Guide

This report is intended to support senior leaders in raising the achievement of Black pupils through self-evaluation and targeted action, closely integrated with other aspects of whole-school improvement. The guidance materials consist of a Management guide booklet and six units. The units provide guidance for senior leaders, professional development modules and additional activities and resources. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 29

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