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Comparison of Literacy Progress of Young Children in London

This is a Reading Recovery follow up study.  Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention programme designed for children who have literacy difficulties at the end of their first year at primary school. This study by the Institute of Education follows up the impact on children’s literacy in London schools a year or more after intervention had been received. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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NAHT Work-Life Balance Survey 2007-8

The issue of workload and work-life balance remain central to employment relations. This report, written by Dr Gary Daniels and Dr Steve French from Keele University, presents the findings of the 2007-8 NAHT Work-Life Balance survey for the NAHT, and makes an important contribution to the discussion surrounding the workload and work-life balance of school leaders. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Parental Involvement in Children\'s Education 2007

This survey of parents and carers of children by BMRB Social Research was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in order to examine parental involvement in children’s education.  The main objective of the 2007 survey was to investigate the extent and variety of parents’ involvement in their children’s schooling. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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School Workforce In England

This statistical first release (SFR) contains information on the School Workforce in England. It combines information on teacher numbers and vacancies, sickness absence and ethnicity with information on support staff, pupil: teacher ratios (PTR) and pupil: adult ratios (PAR). It shows that the overall school workforce has grown by 20,100 over the last 12 months to 767,600 – the biggest year-on-year growth since 2005. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Ineffective Teachers Cost Kids GCSE Grades

Poor secondary school teachers can mean the difference between a pass and a fail, according to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research. This new research shows for the first time how ineffective teaching can mean the difference between a C and D grade at GCSE. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Research Into The Role Of School Governors

It is estimated that there are between 235,000 to 350,000 school governor posts in England and approximately 11 per cent of posts are vacant. This report is an overview of research evidence on governors from a preliminary search of key websites and journals, focussing on governors’ effectiveness. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Learning The Hard Way - A Strategy For Special Educational N

How best to educate children with learning difficulties is much disputed. Some make the case for teaching them in special schools, other for integrating them in mainstream schools. This report argues that this so called 'inclusion' debate misses the fundamental point: that it is parents, rather than politicians or officials, who are best placed to decide where their children should go to school. It therefore sets out a strategy to ensure that parental choice, rather than 'expert' opinion, will drive policy in the future. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Aiming High For Disabled Children

This report by the DCSF marks the culmination of the government's Disabled Children Review. Disabled children are less likely to achieve as much in a range of areas as their non-disabled peers. Improving their outcomes, allowing them to benefit from equality of opportunity, and increasing their involvement and inclusion in society will help them to achieve more as individuals. This report sets a clear set of actions and proposals that will make a real difference to all disabled children and their families. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Corporate Responsibility And Schools

In April 2008 a new Corporate Manslaughter law finally found its way onto the statute book.  It will no longer be necessary to prove that an individual who could properly be identified as the directing mind of an organisation is guilty of gross negligence.  Instead liability for the new offence depends on a finding of gross negligence in the way in which the activities of the organisation are managed.  Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Shared Services Survey 2008

Earlier this year law firm, Browne Jacobson, set out to investigate the area of shared services in the public sector. This report sets out an overview of their findings and then goes on to explore some of the barriers and risks in more detail as well as offering some ideas and advice on how to overcome them. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Testing and Assessment

The use of national test results for the purpose of school accountability has resulted in some schools emphasising the maximisation of test results at the expense of a more rounded education for their pupils.  In addition, a variety of classroom practices aimed at improving test results has distorted the education of some children, which may leave them unprepared for higher education and employment. This report by the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee looks at whether the principle of national testing is sound. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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Responding to the Rose Review: Schools’ Approaches to the Sy

This OfSTED paper reports on the findings of a survey of schools’ responses to the Rose Review of the teaching of early reading and subsequent guidance from the Primary National Strategy on the systematic teaching of phonic knowledge and skills to children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The survey aims to ascertain the extent to which a sample of schools understand and are acting upon the key concept of ‘fidelity to the programme’, identified in the Rose Review as an essential aspect of successful phonics teaching. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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The Characteristics Of State Schools With Good Track Records

Within the state-maintained sector, there are relatively few comprehensive schools which appear to send significant numbers of students to the most prestigious universities, and those which do so tend to have relatively advantaged students. This research report for the Sutton Trust looks at the characteristics and practices of state schools that have good track records of entry into prestigious UK universities. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 30

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