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Issue LB.39

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Your Child, Your Schools, Our Future

Schools Secretary Ed Balls has set out radical new school reforms to build on the significant improvements in the last decade. The proposals include the need for teachers to have a licence to work in the classroom which will have to be renewed every five years, a new Pupil Guarantee to provide personalised learning, School Report Cards to give parents all the information they need; and a tough approach to school improvement with the best schools linking up to raise standards in all schools.

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01/07/2009
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Teachers' Experiences of Initial Teacher Training

This six-year DCSF research project (2003-2009), set out to explore beginner teachers’ experiences of initial teacher training (ITT), Induction and early professional development in England. In particular, it sought to find the reasons why some did not complete their ITT, or completed ITT but did not take up a teaching post, or who took up a teaching post but subsequently left the profession. It also sought to find the extent to which beginner teachers’ experiences of ITT were subject to variation relating to the ITT route that they followed.

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01/07/2009
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Ethnic Minority Children within Looked After Populations

It has long been known that children from black and mixed ethnic backgrounds are over-represented among children who are looked after, and that Asian children tend to be under-represented. This study, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, provides insight into differences between ethnic groups in their contact with child welfare services in England.

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01/07/2009
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Teaching Children with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties

This is an independent report from Sir Jim Rose to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families June 2009. Sir Jim Rose was asked to make recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia, and on how best to take forward the commitment in the Children’s Plan to establish a pilot scheme in which children with dyslexia will receive Reading Recovery support or one-to-one tuition from specialist dyslexia teachers. This review aims to help policy makers and providers strengthen practice, and assure parents that provision for children with dyslexia will be as good as possible.

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12/07/2009
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Decline of Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE

This report by exam board, Cambridge Assessment, has found that the uptake of GCSE modern foreign languages among high attaining pupils in the UK has fallen below the levels of uptake prior to the introduction of the National Curriculum. The report suggests that as well as making languages non-compulsory from the age of 14, languages could be losing out because the curriculum has diversified over recent years, meaning a greater choice of subjects.

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12/07/2009
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Best Practice In The Reading And Writing Of Pupils - 5 to 7

This is the third report by Estyn in a series focusing on reading and writing, and learning and literacy for pupils between the ages of three and 14. The report gives an overview of standards and provision in English and Welsh as core subjects for five to seven-year-olds and evaluates how reading and writing are taught and learnt. It highlights best practice in planning the curriculum, assessment, meeting pupil needs and working with parents, and leadership and management. The standards of English and Welsh have improved in many schools over the last ten years. However, the rate of improvement has slowed down, and is starting to level off.

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12/09/2009
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Promoting the Health of Looked After Children

The government is committed to improving the health of looked after children. The guidance currently in operation, Promoting the Health of Looked After Children, was published by the DH in 2002. The aim of this report is to provide an evidence base to assist the DCSF and DH in revising the guidance on improving the health of looked after children. It also aims to summarise the research and statistical evidence on the prevalence and nature of health problems among looked after children.

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12/07/2009
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Forced Marriage: Prevalence and Service Response

These guidelines have been issued urging teachers to be vigil for tell-tale signs of pupils being forced into arranged marriages. The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), with the support of the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out research on the issue of forced marriage (FM) in England. The report shows that although there are examples of good practice, local agencies need to get better at working together to identify and prevent forced marriage. The findings of the report have helped to inform new guidelines.

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16/07/2009
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Language Learning At Key Stage 3

In 2006 the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned Cambridge University to conduct a two year study to investigate provision and practice in language learning at Key Stage 3 (KS3) in order to understand the impact of the Key Stage 3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other recent initiatives. The study focused on maintained schools in England.

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16/07/2009
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Primary Modern Foreign Languages - Key Stage 2

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to conduct this three-year longitudinal study of language learning at Key Stage 2 (KS2). This summary reports on key findings from the study and, where relevant, comparisons are made across the whole survey period, to show the development of provision and progress towards meeting the entitlement.

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16/07/2009
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The Impact Of Integrated Services On Children

This report evaluates the impact of integrated services on children, parents and families in children’s centres. It found the effective integration of services is having a positive impact in terms of support for children and parents in over half of the centres visited. Challenges remain with onward links with primary schools, in reaching the most vulnerable families and in developing data on outcomes for parents and children. The least effective partnership working seen was between the children’s centres and Jobcentre Plus.

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16/07/2009
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Breaking the Cycle of Violence

This report shows how sport can provide an effective response to the growing problems of gun and knife crime amongst young people. It was written by social research co-operative Substance and commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. It calls on politicians, professional sports clubs and community sports facilities to invest in sport as an effective mechanism for tackling youth crime and gang violence.

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23/07/2009
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Raising The Participation Age For Education To 18

This Youth Commission report reveals that nearly eight in ten 10-25 year olds think the current emphasis on testing is not the best measure of educational success. The report, supported by the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families, identifies the views of young people on the plans to extend the school leaving age to 18 and includes policy recommendations.

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23/07/2009
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Unleashing Aspiration

The Government published its New Opportunities White Paper in January 2009. As well as general barriers to opportunity – such as low skills levels – there can be other obstacles to careers in certain high-status professions. To help ensure that everyone, including those on moderate and middle incomes as well as the wealthiest, has a fair chance to access careers in high-status professions, the government established a panel to work with the professions to identify obstacles including cultural barriers to access and how they can be removed. This 167-page report recognises that improving social mobility means giving everyone an equal chance to fulfil their potential. The Panel’s recommendations in the report should allow many more people to access higher education and stop rogue bosses exploiting unpaid interns.

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23/07/2009
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Leadership For A Low-Carbon Future

Following the announcement of the Government’s Low Carbon Strategy, the Chartered Management Institute has released a report looking at what UK organisations are, and should, be doing to bring about the green revolution. The report revealed that just 22% of managers working in the education sector believe their organisation is taking any action to actively managing its carbon footprint. The report warns that cynicism about climate change from education sector leaders is holding more junior staff back from taking action to go green at work.

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23/07/2009
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