Leadership Briefings

spacer

Issue LB.36

Home » Leadership Briefings » Issue LB. 36

The Academies Programme: Progress, Problems And Possibilitie

Academies are not doing enough to work with other schools in their neighbourhoods and so are not fulfilling one of their original objectives according to a report by the Institute of Education, University of London. This report draws on a range of relevant literature about Academies to: evaluate the performance of Academies against the original objectives of the initiative; examine some of the significant changes that have occurred to the programme; develop a typology of different models of Academies; look at possible alternatives to Academies; and consider the future direction of the programme and related developments. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Accountability And Children’s Outcomes In High-Performing Ed

The Government is interested in improving outcomes for all children and in narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing groups of children. This report describes how countries with high-performing education systems measure children’s education, health and well-being and how they use these measurements. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Child Development in the First Three Sweeps of the Millenniu

Children’s development in the early years has been shown to be related to their success in later life in a range of areas including: education, employment, crime and early parenthood. Determining why some children do better than others in the early years is a key issue for policy and is crucial in attempts to reduce inequalities. This MCS research examines differences in early child development by examining the factors associated with the cognitive and behavioural ability of children up to age 5 in the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Engagement With Ofsted

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 required Ofsted to be more user focused with the services it inspects and regulates. In response to this duty, a new user and stakeholder engagement strategy has been developed. This report outlines the responses to the consultation leading to the strategy. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Holding On To Your Talent

Take care to retain and reward your star teachers, says Jody Goldsworthy, and your efforts will be repaid many times over. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Children\'s Plan: One Year On

This publication reports on the progress of the Children’s Plan a year on from its launch. It also sets out the steps the Government plans to take throughout 2009 to ensure that every child and young person receives the best start in life. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Public Expenditure - First Report of Session 2008–09

Economic problems could undermine investment in education and related services and prevent the government from achieving its objectives, finds a new report by the Children, Schools and Families Committee on departmental public expenditure. England's £45 billion school building programme could also be hit as private firms become less willing to invest, and the private sector struggles to obtain credit. The report warns that Headteachers should brace themselves for more "austere" times ahead. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Early Years Leading To Excellence

This review of childcare and early education provision 2005–08 is the third review of inspections of registered childcare and early education. This year, the report focuses on how well settings – such as nurseries and childminders – are organised, led and managed to promote positive outcomes for children and ensure they progress well. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Interventions For Gifted And Talented Pupils

This report from the Social Science Research Unit looks at which classroom-based interventions improve gifted and talented pupils' educational achievement. The aim of the review was to inform future policy, provision and research. The review used Classroom Quality Standards, statements of quality provision for gifted and talented pupils as a guide for the research. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

New Opportunities White Paper

This new White Paper introduces a new package of support to help all children reach their full potential and narrow the gap in educational attainment and life chances between children from deprived backgrounds and those who are better off. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

An Evaluation Of National Strategy Intervention Programmes

This small-scale survey evaluates the impact of National Strategy approaches to intervention on pupils working just below national expectations. The report finds that intervention was more effective in the primary schools than in the secondary schools visited and stemmed from careful analysis of pupils’ weaknesses, flexible planning of programmes, thorough training of key staff and effective monitoring and evaluation. Good leadership and management contributed to the successful impact. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Virtual Learning Environments

Virtual learning environments (VLEs) use computers to allow remote access to learning materials. As the routine use of computers becomes all pervasive, there is an expectation that VLEs will form a significant part of the next generation's experience of learning. This survey evaluates how VLEs are developing within a selection of providers. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Make Learning Personal

To achieve the best educational outcomes, teaching and learning need to be tailored to each learner. The Next Generation Learning campaign is intended to raise their awareness of the benefits of the use of technology in education and to drive greater demand for it. This guide helps schools support learners to make effective, safe and discriminating use of technology. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Six Steps to Change Manifesto 2009

Edge has developed a manifesto of six steps to significantly raise the status of practical and vocational learning in the UK. Edge believes that the current education system places disproportionate value on academic education and is failing children and the UK economy. The Six Steps to Change Manifesto makes clear proposals to change this, so that all young people have the opportunity to achieve their potential and the UK's future workforce is equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern economy. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Evaluation of Building Schools for the Future

This Second Annual Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers is an evaluation of BSF. The report shows that BSF is making good progress, that there is increasing belief in all stakeholders that it will deliver strong benefits for teaching and learning, and particularly from schools as they actually go through the programme. There is strong evidence of satisfaction with their new buildings from the staff and pupils of the first four new BSF schools opened. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Report from the Independent Commission on Social Mobility

The Independent Social Mobility Commission, set up by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg and chaired by Barnardo’s Chief Executive Martin Narey, has found that a child’s life chances are dependent on the background and earnings of its parents. The commission’s report also found that increased education funding has failed to reach those children most in need. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

A Reliable, Faster And Cheaper Alternative To Sats

In the last six years, repeated failures over exam marking have undermined the validity and reputation of external examinations. This report by the Centre for Policy Studies shows that multiple choice tests are a better and cheaper alternative to SAT's. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Consultation on Children, Young People and Alcohol

This five-point guidance document will form part of a consultation on alcohol and young people launched by Children Schools and Families Secretary, Ed Balls, Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, and the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson. The draft guidance by the Chief Medical Officer gives young people and their parents clear medical advice on alcohol consumption and recommends that young people up to the age of 15 should avoid alcohol altogether Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Extended Schools Survey of Schools, Pupils and Parents

This report shows that there have been significant achievements with many schools offering a good range of services, which are welcomed and valued by parents. However more needs to be done to ensure that every child in every community has access to good quality out of school activities. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Specialist Science Schools

Nearly all of secondary schools in England now specialise in a particular area of the curriculum. However, the success of England's specialist schools is an illusion, according to this report by Professor Alan Smithers and Pamela Robinson of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham. The crucial factor is the extra money pumped into specialist schools, as well as their intake of pupils, that had the biggest impact on results. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Provision for Excluded Families: Room to Play

Over recent years there has been a growing emphasis on pre-school services for families, partly to enable parents to work and thus reduce the number of children growing up in poverty, and partly because of direct benefits to children themselves. In April 2006, the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) opened Room to Play, an innovative ‘drop-in’ style provision which seeks to appeal to “excluded” families who may otherwise reject a more ‘obvious’ form of delivery. Funded by the Sutton Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, the project was designed to run for three years. This report provides an evaluation of the three phases involved. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Best Value

Malcolm Trobe, former president of the Association of School and College Leaders, looks at the issue of ‘best value’ – and how your school can make the best purchasing decisions. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Cost of Schooling 2007

Although education in maintained schools is nominally free, there are a number of costs to parents / carers associated with a child’s education that can have an impact on family budgets. This study aimed to estimate the costs incurred by parents / carers in 2007, and investigate whether these costs have increased in relative terms since a previous study in 2003 commissioned by the Department. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Raising Young People\'s Aspirations Towards Higher Education

This report presents the findings from research undertaken by the Ipsos MORI Social Research Unit on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The aim of the study has been to examine the role and impact of education practitioners on the higher education aspirations of young people and, specifically, the range of attitudes, knowledge and practices currently exercised in a cross-section of English schools and sixth form colleges that have low progression rates into post-16 education and training, with a view to identifying the key factors of influence, and potential approaches for addressing these. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Boarding School Provision For Vulnerable Children

Boarding school can be the right place for some vulnerable children to flourish, according to an evaluation of a two year Government ‘pathfinder’ programme. The study was intended to explore whether boarding school provision might be used by more local authorities to provide support and stability for, and help improve the life chances of, larger numbers of vulnerable children and young people. In particular, it was felt that the scheme might allow vulnerable children to benefit from a strong ethos of personal and social development and access to many extra-curricular activities, as well as opportunities for educational success. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

National Evaluation of Diplomas

The introduction of Diplomas for 14-19 year olds is a central part of the government’s reform of 14-19 education and represents a major innovation in educational opportunity for young people in England. In January 2008, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the University of Exeter to conduct the national evaluation of the implementation and impact of Diplomas over the period 2008-2013. This report focuses on the findings of the first stage of the evaluation which explored the planning and preparation for the Diplomas prior to their introduction in September 2008. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

School Report Card: Consultation Document

This joint consultation document, from the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Ofsted, starts an ongoing process of discussion about the content, design and use of the School Report Card. The written consultation closes on 3rd March 2009. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Charging for School Activities Guidance

Revised guidance for heads on charging policies. The purpose of this guidance is to help head teachers and governing bodies set out their policies on charging and remission for school activities and school visits. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill

This is the first apprenticeships legislation for nearly 200 years, giving all suitably qualified young people the legal right to on-the-job training. It also introduces new measures to build on the huge improvement in school standards over the last decade - including putting in place lighter touch inspections for successful schools; stronger powers to intervene where schools need more support; further equipping schools to take on poor behaviour; and strengthening the school workforce by establishing a new School Support Staff Negotiating Body. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word

Higher Education And The Cuckoo In The Nest

Campaign for Learning has released a major new report on Higher Education in England. It calls for a major rebalancing in participation in higher education with a greater emphasis on part-time opportunities for 17-20 year olds and those aged 21 and over. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 36

Date:
No Date
File Format:

Word DocumentMS Word