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BSF - Renewing The Secondary School Estate

The Building Schools for the Future programme aims to rebuild, refurbish and provide new Information Technology for all 3,500 secondary schools in England by 2020. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) underestimated how long it would take to launch the programme and build the schools, though the speed of delivery has compared well with previous school building programmes. This report by the National audit Office reports on the progress made in delivering the programme and what changes need to be made. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Closing The Gender Skills Gap

This report, published by the National Skills Forum, recommends the need for urgent action to close a 'gender skills gap' which is contributing towards a cost of between £15 and £23 billion a year in lost GDP, and to encourage more women of all ages into training schemes especially in traditionally 'male' sectors. According to this new report, educationalists should support initiatives aimed at removing barriers to better training for women. The recommendation include a trained, full-time careers coordinator in every school to ensure that young people are not making career decisions based on traditional assumptions about gender roles. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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An Evaluation Of Music In Schools 2005-08

This Ofsted report is based principally on evidence from inspections of music in a range of maintained schools in England between 2005 and 2008. Inspection findings show that there is some outstanding provision and pupils enjoy music, although they do not always make as much musical progress as they could. A number of recommendations are made on schools provision for music and professional development for subject leaders in primary schools and music staff in secondary schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Every Child a Reader

No one disputes the need for intervention to help poor readers. The Government’s literacy programme for primary school children could end up costing at least £300 million – more than double what was originally planned - if it is made available to all the children struggling with their reading. This report argues that the Government's current model for educational intervention is intellectually incoherent, and stifles innovation within the teaching profession. Most of the intervention costs are absorbed by administration and training - money which could be much better spent on independent evaluations that would allow schools to make informed choices of available materials. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Establishing Safe And Responsible Online Behaviours

In 2005, Becta published E-safety: developing whole-school policies to support effective practice, which provided guidance for schools on developing appropriate policies and procedures to ensure safe use of the internet by the children and young people in their care. This document is a reflection of current approaches to e-safety, and in particular, the role played by Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) in maintaining safe behaviours online. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Ending Child Poverty In A Changing Economy

This research shows what effect current policies will have on child poverty by 2010 and 2020. Taking account of the recession, it estimates the costs of meeting the government target of halving child poverty by 2010 and eliminating it by 2020 using the most recent data available. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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An Investigation of Maintained Schools with a Non-faith Foun

This research report from the University of Warwick summarises a study that examined good practice in the way foundations support maintained schools with a non-faith foundation, both through the governing body and the wider range of activities that they engage with in partnership with schools. The study consisted of in-depth interviews with head teachers and chair of governors of selected schools, along with a literature review of school governance issues. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Accident Prevention Amongst Children

Enabling children to stay safe is a top priority for Government, as set out in the Staying Safe Action Plan, published in February 2008 and included a commitment to carry out a Priority Review. The Review covers injuries and deaths of children and young people under the age of 18 in England. This report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Review. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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The First Hundred Days

Starting a new headship this term? Don’t leave first impressions to chance - take Jody Goldsworthy’s tips and set the right tone for your leadership from the start. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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The Cambridge Primary Review

The Cambridge Primary Review has published a special, two-part report on the primary curriculum. Towards a New Primary Curriculum is in two parts. Part 1 (Past and Present) identifies the questions which need to be addressed, describes current arrangements for the primary curriculum and sets them in historical and international context. It then reveals what the Review’s evidence says about existing curriculum strengths and weaknesses, and about what needs to change. Part 2 (The Future) summarises the main points from this evidence, highlights other matters in need of resolution, and sets out proposals for reform. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Private Tuition in England

This study by the National Centre for Social Research and London's Institute of Education, commissioned by the government into the tuition market has shown that more than one in ten pupils in upper middle class families are being sent to private tutors with parents paying as much as £60 an hour to get the children the support they need to get into grammar schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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The importance of ICT In Primary & Secondary Schools

This report is based on evidence from inspections of information and communication technology (ICT) between September 2005 and July 2008 in 177 maintained schools in England, as well as other visits to schools where good practice was identified. It describes the quality of ICT education in primary and secondary schools over this period and considers how tackling assessment, vocational qualifications, value for money and resources might improve ICT provision. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Improving Practice In Mathematics Teaching At Secondary Leve

The past decade has seen significant rises in standards in mathematics for pupils of all ages, but more pupils than at present should be reaching the higher GCSE grades. The fundamental issue for teachers is how better to develop pupils’ mathematical understanding. This publication aims to help teachers improve pupils’ understanding of mathematics and give them confidence in using the subject in everyday life. It highlights examples of good mathematics teaching and weaker practice. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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The Protection of Children in England.

This report by Lord Laming was commissioned by the Children’s Secretary Ed Balls in November 2008 and looks at Children’s Services across England. It is intended to make sure that good practice becomes standard practice in every service. This includes recommendations on improving the inspection of safeguarding services and the quality of Serious Case Reviews as well as recommendations on improving the help and support children receive when they are at risk of harm. The document aims to: evaluate the good practice that has been developed since the publication of the report of the Independent Statutory Inquiry following the death of Victoria Climbié; identify the barriers that are now preventing good practice becoming standard practice; and recommend actions to be taken to make systematic improvements in safeguarding children across the country. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Sure Start Children’s Centres Survey of Parents

Nine out of ten parents who use Sure Start Children’s Centres are happy with the service they receive, according to this research published by Children's Secretary Ed Balls. The main aim of this survey was to quantify the reach (i.e. awareness and usage) of children’s centres among the target population, that is, parents and carers of children aged under five years and expectant parents. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Sharing Good Practice In Developing Pupils’ Literacy Skills

This report is based on a conference on literacy and the findings of two of Estyn’s most recent reports on literacy – Improving the learning and teaching of early reading skills and Best practice in the reading and writing of pupils aged 7 to 14 years. It considers ways of improving practice in order to raise standards of literacy for learners aged 3 to 14-years-of-age. Effective practices are grouped under key questions to assist leaders and managers to review areas of work and drive improvement further. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Raleigh’s Work With Disadvantaged Young People

In 2008, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) was commissioned by Raleigh to research the long-term impact of Raleigh’s work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. This research had two key objectives: 1. To provide Raleigh with feedback on its work with disadvantaged young people over the past 25 years. 2. To provide a case study of a practical intervention which has broader lessons for Policymakers and practitioners concerned with improving young people’s lives. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Progression Through Apprenticeships

The UK’s Apprenticeship renaissance could stall if careers information and guidance is not overhauled, warns this major new report from the Skills Commission. The report states too few young people, of all academic abilities, are taking up Apprenticeships due to inadequate careers advice but also a lack of clear progression routes. One of the major issues uncovered during the inquiry is that careers guidance professionals don’t understand local skills shortages or employer demand for apprentices. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Safeguarding Children And Young People Who May Be Affected B

This is a consultation on new guidance to help professionals spot the first signs of gang membership. The guidance is aimed at professionals such as social workers, youth workers and youth offending teams already working with young people displaying risk factors. The new guidance, developed with the police and local authorities, lists 16 signs that should ring alarm bells and will be sent to thousands of youth and social workers later this year. It outlines what signs to look for, what traits make a young person most 'at-risk’'of getting caught up in a gang and provides an overview of support and intervention that are available to anyone working with young people. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Annual Maladministration Report

The annual maladministration report from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority details the range of allegations of maladministration reported to the National Assessment Agency’s (NAA) national curriculum assessment maladministration team throughout 2008. The report compares the patterns of allegations made and the outcomes of cases submitted to the maladministration committee between 2006 and 2008. This report also offers recommendations for improvements in 2009 and for future test cycles. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Deprivation and Education: Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4

This paper summarises research and statistical evidence on the subject of deprivation and education for pupils in Foundation Stage 4 in England, in maintained mainstream schools. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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The Value Of The After-School Conversation.

Becta has launched new guidelines to help parents better engage with children’s learning. This report looks at how much parents and carers know about what their children get up to at school. The report exposes that after-school communication is a challenge for parents with 43% revealing they find it either difficult or very difficult to extract information from their child about their day at school. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Our Global Future - How Can Schools Meet The Challenge Of Ch

Almost one third of teachers believe that the school system is failing to prepare pupils to deal with life and work in a fast changing and globalised world, according to this new Ipsos MORI research for education charity DEA. DEA has put forward a number of policy recommendations backed by a wide coalition including NASUWT, ATL, NUT, ASCL, AQA (the examining board) and the Council for Subject Associations. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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A Guide to School Choice Reforms.

This report sets out a blueprint for creating real school choice in the UK. It also looks at the lessons from the introduction of school choice reforms in Sweden and the USA. The report concludes that successful reform will mean combining elements from each system and building on the academies programme. The report also finds strong evidence that allowing independent providers into the state education system and giving schools greater freedoms dramatically raises educational standards. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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Engaging Young People.

Engaging young people draws upon evidence from the inspections of local authority youth work which took place as part of Ofsted’s joint area reviews of children’s and young people’s services.  It illustrates how the best youth work, properly planned and supported, contributes to young people’s broad education, promotes them as active citizens and helps them acquire the wider skills and attributes needed to engage fully in society. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 37

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