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Mathematics Performance In Primary Schools

In 2007, pupils in their final year of primary school achieved the best set of results so far recorded in the national mathematics tests, yet almost a quarter of pupils are still not reaching the expected standard. This National Audit Office report found that meeting the 2011 target – that 84.5 per cent of pupils make at least two National Curriculum levels of progress in mathematics – will be a considerable challenge. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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A View Inside Primary schools

The goal of primary education for all will be missed unless rich countries meet their aid pledges, according to this UN report. This Unesco report predicts some 29 million children will be out of school by 2015, when all primary age children are supposed to be in education. The report presents the results of a unique survey undertaken in 11 countries in Latin America, Asia and North Africa. As part of the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme, the countries were involved in developing and conducting the survey to examine the factors shaping the quality and equality of primary education. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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State Of The Nation Survey 2008

This independent Ipsos MORI Poll commissioned by Campaign for Learning and Select Education shows a substantial fall in the number of students who say that a sense of achievement motivates their learning. It highlights a shift in the last ten years in how students view learning, with a goal-orientated approach becoming more prevalent, combined with a reduction in a sense of pride in learning as a motivator.  The research reveals getting a job or securing qualifications and a university place, are becoming more significant motivators for today’s young people. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Inspecting the Inspectors

This report from independent think-tank, Civitas casts serious doubt over the reliability of Ofsted's verdicts on schools. "Inspecting the Inspectorate" presents a broad variety of informed perspectives in response to the question: 'what is currently working in Ofsted's school inspections and what is not?' This collection of essays sets out the weaknesses in the current school inspection regime and the changes urgently required if Ofsted is to contribute to raising educational standards. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Parent Partnership

As schools continue to build bridges with parents and carers we consider some of the many myths around parent partnership. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Early Intervention: Good Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizen

This report by former Government Minister Graham Allen and former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith paints an apocalyptic vision of worsening violent crime and social disorder unless radical steps are taken early in the lives of young children to halt the slide to delinquency. It highlights the importance of new Early Intervention programmes targeted at boosting the life chances of deprived children aged 0 to 3. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Ofsted Joint Area Review

Review of services in Haringey for children and young people, with particular reference to safeguarding. This Ofsted review of services for Haringey Children’s Services Authority Area has identified a number of serious concerns in relation to safeguarding of children and young people in Haringey. The contribution of local services to improving outcomes for children and young people at risk or requiring safeguarding is inadequate and needs urgent and sustained attention. The Joint Area Review (JAR) describes the outcomes achieved by children and young people growing up in the area and evaluates the way local services, taken together, contribute to their well-being. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Learning Lessons, Taking Action: Ofsted’s Evaluations Of Ser

This report brings together findings in relation to the conduct of serious case reviews and the main practice issues arising. It considers how the process of conducting serious case reviews affects the quality of the outcomes, and the lessons learned. It also makes recommendations about practice issues and how the process of conducting serious case reviews could be improved. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Promoting Transformative Innovation in Schools

This new book from Futurelab warns that the UK education system is in danger of falling behind with outdated teaching practises that do not provide learners with 21st Century skills. The handbook aims to support teachers develop an innovative culture both in and out of the classroom with tools, techniques and approaches. This downloadable book offers a number of tools which can help schools to develop a culture of embedding innovation into day-to-day practice. It also highlights emerging digital technologies which present new opportunities and social practices and can lead to dynamic learning experiences. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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An Even Better Children’s Plan

This report, published by learning network Common Threads Alliance, urges policy makers and educators to redress the balance between the "standards culture" and stimulating, child-centred activities that develop confidence and creativity. Drawing on compelling evidence and research, the plan calls for "a dynamic interaction" where children, educators, parents/carers and the wider community all contribute to the learning and teaching process. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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The Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum

This interim report by Sir Jim Rose seeks to advise ministers on how the primary curriculum needs to change in order to ease the transition from early years into primary schools, sharpen the focus on mathematics and English, and give teachers more flexibility to design and deliver a localised curriculum. It puts forward recommendations to key issues raised through consultation. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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The Play Strategy

The Play Strategy outlines the Government's long-term vision and actions to deliver safe, accessible and exciting play opportunities for all children. It builds on the widespread support for the proposals in the government’s Fair Play consultation, and sets out the actions it is taking to support children's play, including investing in new play spaces and supporting local delivery partners. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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Disability Equality

This report by The Children's Society highlights the need for schools to be more proactive, involved and comprehensive in their promotion of disability equality amongst children. The report found that teachers, by their own admission, lacked time, training, awareness, resources and knowledge of best practice within the teaching of disability equality. A key recommendation of the report was for disability equality to be integrated into areas of the curriculum other than simply Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 35

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