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School Funding and Social Justice - A Guide to the Pupil Pre

This report by Policy Exchange shows the complexity of the existing system of school funding and illustrates how difficult this can make headteachers’ decision-making. The report sets out how to make spending on education fairer, and says England's school funding system is a "disorganised mess" which can penalise schools in disadvantaged areas. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Increasing Higher Education Participation Amongst Disadvanta

This report to the National Council for Educational Excellence by the Sutton Trust suggests widespread poor education and careers advice is preventing large numbers of academically able pupils from non-privileged homes going on to higher education and diverting them into a cul de sac of opportunity. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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After-school Science and Engineering Clubs Evaluation

Around 250 schools were funded from 2007-2009 to set up and run After School Science and Engineering Clubs over two years. The programme was established in 2006 following a government commitment made in the 'Ten Year Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014: Next Steps'. After-school Science and Engineering Clubs were intended to ensure that the UK retains a strong supply of people with STEM skills and to improve young peoples’ engagement and interaction with STEM. This evaluation report by the DCSF looks at whether these clubs and have achieved their aims. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Designing for Social Justice: People, Technology, Learning

The best way to ensure that learners from all sectors of society have real access, without barriers, to a technology-enhanced education is to involve them in the design of educational technologies, suggests a new report from Futurelab. The report raises fundamental questions about who is best placed to make decisions in the design process and questions whether current technologies for learning are meeting the needs of all learners. The report also explores the role that digital technologies can play in reducing inequality in education. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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A Vital Guide To Governors’ Legal Responsibilities

Is your school involved in a PFI project under Building Schools for the Future? Education law expert, Mark Blois, from Browne Jacobson, offers a vital guide to governors’ legal responsibilities. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Drug Education

This is a report to Government by the Advisory Group on Drug and Alcohol Education. The report reviews the available evidence and make a series of recommendations to the Government on how to improve the education that young people receive about drugs and alcohol. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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BESA Policy Commission 2008

This report by the Policy Commission investigates the changing nature of education and how educators can meet the challenges of the future. The report determines the impact of change resulting from current policies and the resources demanded by such change. As such, this report is an 'audit of change' within the school system. The ultimate aim of the Commission is to assess the scope and effects of change within schools and to raise awareness of the resources needs to accommodate change. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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The Harnessing Technology Review 2008

This report draws together findings from large-scale surveys and research studies and identifies emerging issues and challenges for ICT in education. It highlights the good progress made by many schools, colleges and training providers implementing new ways of learning using technology. However it also identifies challenges for the future in ensuring technology really is no longer optional within the education and skills sector. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Review of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in Schools

The DCSF has published this report by the External Steering Group on the delivery of Sex and Relationships Education in schools. The report considered how best to ensure that schools and parents could work in partnership to educate children and young people about sex and relationships. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Schools Adjudicator Annual Report.

This is the annual report of the Schools Adjudicator, Sir Philip Hunter. During 2007/2008 Sir Philip Hunter was asked to take on two new tasks in his role as Schools Adjudicator. The first of these was to review compliance with the Admission Appeals Code by admission appeals panels. The second was to review the compliance of admission authorities with the School Admission Code. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Pupil Behaviour Survey

This survey gathered teachers’ views on pupil behaviour in schools. Nearly half of England's teachers think pupil behaviour has deteriorated in their school in the past five years. The survey polled a total of 1,479 practising teachers from the maintained sector. The sample was split evenly between primary and secondary sectors and represented a good spread of school types and regional areas. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Successful Leadership For Promoting The Achievement Of White

The best of school leadership raises the work of adults and the attainment of young people to levels that exceed expectations and, sometimes, even their own ambitions. This report by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) celebrates some of that leadership by trying to understand and describe it in ways that make it accessible and replicable. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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The Economic Contribution of England’s Further Education Col

A new study into the economic impact of further education colleges has revealed that the contribution of past and present learners who have studied at the colleges over the past 15 years was approximately £28 billion in added income to the national economy in 2006/07 alone. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Ofsted Annual Report

This is the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2007/08. It draws on evidence since July 2007 and reflects the first full year of inspection and regulation by Ofsted across its expanded remit, including findings from childcare, children’s social care, and education and skills provision for learners of all ages. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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EMA Satisfaction Survey 2008

A new report from the National Union of Students (NUS) shows that 60 per cent of 16-19 year olds receiving the education maintenance allowance (EMA) could no longer study if they did not receive the payment. This comes as a reported 90,000 learners are still waiting for their EMA applications to be processed, more than a month after the start of the academic year. This leaves 50,000 learners still at risk of dropping out. The ‘NUS EMA Survey 2008’ shows the extent to which students rely on the EMA to take part in further education. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Final Report Of The Independent CAMHS Review

This final report, launched at the Children’s Plan Conference, contains 20 recommendations for Government, sets out a clear vision for how we can all take responsibility for promoting children’s psychological well-being and mental health and how we can best achieve a step change in the quality and consistency of services at all levels. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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Impact Of Self And Peer Assessment On Students In Secondary

Central to any notion of personalised learning, or a learner-centred culture is that learners themselves should want to learn, should become aware of themselves as learners and to take responsibility for their own learning. Self and peer assessment have a potential role in achieving this. This review looks at the impact of self and peer assessment on students’ academic achievement and non-cognitive outcomes in secondary schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 34

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