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Relative Difficulty Of Examinations In Different Subjects

This report for SCORE  (Science Community Supporting Education) shows from analysis of the examination results of over a million candidates at GCSE and A-level that the traditional science subjects are among the hardest. The study is the result of concerns from organisations including the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society about falling numbers of candidates in some science subjects. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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In Bad Faith - The New Betrayal Of Faith Schools

Should faith schools in Britain be a tool for social engineering, or a consumer service? Should it ensure equality, or fairness?  Does someone’s faith command greater allegiance than someone’s nationality? With parents sending their children to faith schools in increasing numbers, Cristina Odone, writer and broadcaster, discussed the issues surrounding faith schools in this new publication from the Centre for Policy Studies. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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School Admissions Consultation 2008

The government is committed to reviewing the school application and allocation process as part of the Children’s Plan. As a result, the DCSF is currently consulting on proposed changes to the admissions process to make it fairer, more transparent and more straightforward for parents. The consultation runs until 2 October 2008. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Teacher Trainees & Phonics

This report details the findings of a survey on providers of initial teacher training and the extent to which the providers had modified their courses so that teacher trainees received appropriate direction on the teaching of early reading, including systematic phonics as recommended in the Rose Review. It also evaluated the trainees’ practical application of the principles underpinning the Rose Review in their teaching. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Motivation

Keeping the best teachers – and keeping them engaged with the job – is increasingly vital to better outcomes for children. Jody Goldsworthy, head of education at global management consultancy Hay Group,  looks at some methods for motivating staff. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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The Bercow Report

The Bercow Report - A Review of Services for Children and Young People (0–19) with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The Government has announced a £52 million package o tackle the communication problems that can blight children’s lives, as a result of an independent review by John Bercow MP, which identifies that communication is the key life skill for every child – if they are to achieve at school, make friends and be successful in later life. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Extended Schools

Extended Schools -Testing the Delivery of the Core Offer in and Around Extended Schools. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake a two-stage programme of research to explore the delivery of the core offer of extended school services in England. This report details the findings. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Our Global Future

Our Global Future - How Can Education Meet The Challenge Of Change? 1 in 5 English schoolchildren may be left ‘globally illiterate’ due to the failure to educate them about world events and equip them to live and work in a globalised world, according to groundbreaking new Ipsos MORI research for education charity DEA. The research also shows that only 50% of young people believe that those from different backgrounds should live in the same country - a worrying finding, especially given that schools have had a statutory duty to promote community cohesion since September 2007. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Determinants of Aspirations

This research report for DCSF by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning reviews current research literature and considers how educational and career aspirations are formed and developed in response to different environments and circumstances. It also examines the extent to which aspirations are related to eventual outcomes and discusses the implications for current policies and practices. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Testing the Delivery of the Core Offer in and Around Extende

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake a two-stage programme of research to explore the delivery of the core offer of extended school services in England. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Academies And The Future Of State Education

Privately sponsored, state-funded academies should be expanded to take over failing primary schools according to this new book of essays by independent think-tank, CentreForum, which is backed by the three big political parties. The book argues that the failure of primary schools to teach large numbers of pupils to read and write is masked by a political focus on secondary schools. The book includes chapters from leading academy heads, sponsors, the minister for academies, Lord Adonis, and Conor Ryan, a former education adviser to the Blair government. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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DCSF Capability Review

This review assesses the capability of The Department for Children, Schools and Families to deliver on long term aims and identify improvements that are needed for the future in terms of leadership, strategy and delivery. In particular the review finds that the Children’s Plan has helped the Department develop a shared purpose and direction. But this new agenda brings significant challenges and the review has identified areas where we need to continue to improve so we can deliver our future objectives. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Draft Apprenticeships Bill

The draft Apprenticeships Bill has been published to establish a statutory basis for the entire apprenticeships programme for uniform high quality apprenticeships that will have the confidence of both apprentices and employers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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A review of vocational qualification achievements in the UK.

Over 3,250,000 vocational qualifications were awarded in the UK last year. The figures, contained in an independent review of vocational qualifications by education foundation Edge, show a rise of 8.3 per cent on the previous year and a 117 per cent rise on the numbers awarded five years ago. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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A Longitudinal Study Of Immigrant Children.

Children as young as 5 have been shown to understand issues regarding integration and separation.  This research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), confirms that the ethnic composition of primary schools has a direct impact on children’s attitudes towards those in other ethnic groups and on their ability to get on with their peers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Carbon Emissions From Schools: Where They Arise And How To R

This report quantifies for the first time the contribution of English schools to greenhouse gas emissions, and also offers scenarios for how these may change on the way to 2050. The report finds that England’s schools system is responsible for 9.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Heat and power used in school buildings account for 37% of those emissions. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Admissions: The Higher Education Sector’s Plans For Change.

With the increase in student numbers and political concern to ensure fair access to higher education, universities have been reviewing their admissions processes in order to improve their transparency, efficiency and effectiveness. This report highlights the areas where there is scope for improvement and outlines how the sector is addressing the practical implications of any changes. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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The Good Teacher Training Guide 2008

More than a quarter of trainee teachers never work in the classroom. Many drop out before the end of courses or decide to shun the profession altogether - despite obtaining an official teaching qualification. The conclusions - in this study by Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson, from Buckingham University - come amid growing concerns over teacher shortages in some subjects. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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More Good Teachers

This report by leading think-tank Policy Exchange shows that undergraduates and professionals think teaching is like social work or nursing. The report demonstrates how we can recruit, retain and develop a new generation of talented, inspired and effective teachers to tackle educational inequality and that we should resist calls to further ‘professionalise’ teaching in ways which only make it less appealing to the high performing graduates whom we need in our schools. The report makes a series of radical recommendations that would encourage more such people to enter teaching. Underlying all of these recommendations is a shift away from seeing teaching as a career for life but instead something that talented people can easily move in and out of. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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Anti-Social And Other Problem Behaviours Among Young Childre

This research report for the Home Office presents the findings of two studies carried out on a sample from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children at two ages – 8.5 and 10.5 years. It looks at both risk factors and resilience or protective factors. The findings from these studies highlight the importance of early intervention to tackle individual and family factors, particularly those associated with cognitive and behavioural development. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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White Boys From Low-Income Backgrounds: Good Practice In Sch

This is an Ofsted report on a small survey of good practice in the education of white boys from low-income backgrounds. The survey consisted of 20 schools across England where white British boys from low-income backgrounds performed better in public tests and examinations than their counterparts in other schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 32

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