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Issue LB.40

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Children, Young People & Alcohol: Summary of Responses

The Government has published the responses to a consultation on children, young people and alcohol. The responses show that there is a broad base of support for guidelines from the Chief Medical Office on safe levels of drinking. There is also a clear need for government advice and information for parents. Respondents were very clear that Government had a role to play on the issue and parents were keen for more support and information.

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31/07/2009
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The 14-19 Shake-Up

From April 2010 local authorities will take over funding responsibility for education and training for all 14–19 year olds. Under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, which sets out this change, local authorities will have new powers to plan and commission education and training for this age group. This new report by the LSN warns that Government plans for all teenagers to remain in school or college to the age of 18 could be jeopardised unless local authorities are careful with new powers to commission post-16 education and training.

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31/07/2009
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Money Poll Of Children & Parents

Research from the personal finance education group reveals that the summer will see children and young people in England deploying a collective spending power of more than £132 million per week. pfeg, who commissioned the research, is spearheading My Money, an £11.5 million investment by the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) to deliver lessons on money in schools.

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31/07/2009
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Interim Report Of The Social Work Task Force

The Social Work Task Force has published its interim report, containing the Task Force’s full findings to date about the current state of social work in England. It also sets out for the first time the building blocks of the reform programme the Task Force will be recommending to Government later this year, with some early ideas for action and change.

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31/07/2009
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Children’s Participation in Organised Sport

Nearly one in four children do not take part in any organised sport according to a Mori poll commissioned by the DCSF. This is despite a government campaign launched two years ago to get pupils to do up to five hours of sport each week, including two hours within the curriculum, and three hours for young people aged 16 to 19.

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07/08/2009
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Outdoor Education

Ofsted was commissioned by the DfES to undertake an evaluation of the personal development aspects of outdoor education, with specific focus on the work of outdoor education centres. In particular, the evaluation sought to identify good practice and the unique contribution made by outdoor education to enhancing young people’s personal and social development (PSD). This report concentrates on the opportunities provided for students of age 9-16 years, in outdoor education, linked to aspects of the National Curriculum in PE.

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07/08/2009
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Parenting And Outcomes For Young People

Bad behaviour among teenagers is not the fault of parenting getting worse. A report from the Nuffield Foundation, carried out by Oxford University, says today's parents are taking a more active role in their children's lives than parents two decades ago and that problem behaviour among teenagers might be more likely to be caused by peer pressure and the influence of youth culture.

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07/08/2009
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Care And Prejudice

Nearly half of children in care are afraid of prejudice or bullying, or of being treated "differently" if people know their background, according to this Ofsted report. It reports on the prejudices they face as a result of being in care and clarifies that bullying is a significant problem for young people in care and for all those who are responsible for their health and well being. Only by the introduction of bullying prevention programmes, for all young people in care and the professionals who work with them will we see a reduction in the number of young people in care who fear and experience bullying and prejudice.

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07/08/2009
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'At Home' Learning and Development

This DCSF guide is intended for practitioners in schools and Sure Start Children's Centres or local authorities who are looking for new ideas about how to support parents with their children's 'at home' learning. The guide is based on the findings from an action research project, which was funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) from 2008-09 to examine the effectiveness of different approaches for working with parents.

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14/08/2009
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Measuring Progress at Pupil, School and National Levels

This is a 156 page report by the DCSF on pupil progress, which explores the data available on pupil progress at the pupil, school, and national level. In particular, it looks at (i) transition between key stages; (ii) levels of progress and; (iii) value added approaches. The majority of the analysis is based on the National Pupil Database.

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14/08/2009
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Positive Activities

New research from the DCSF reveals that young people see organised activities as a good thing but are held back from taking part because they don’t know what is on offer to them. The research also reveals other reasons preventing young people getting involved in activities. These include: Young people see organised activities as something reserved only for the very sporty or talented kids; Peer group pressure - teenagers prioritise friends and leisure time over taking part in activities and are often put off if their friends don’t take part; Low self confidence and lack of self belief in their ability to take part.

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14/08/2009
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National Evaluation of Diplomas

New research by the National Foundation for Educational Research has found that universities strongly support the Diploma and view it as excellent preparation for higher education. All universities questioned said they would welcome applications from the first Diploma cohort in 2010. The national evaluation of Diplomas is being carried out by a team from NFER and University of Exeter. The evaluation is a large-scale and multi-strand project looking at how diplomas are being implemented, the views of key stakeholders; as well as how Diplomas impact on key Government targets.

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25/08/2009
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14–19 reforms & Introduction of Diplomas

This is Ofsted’s second report evaluating the progress made in implementing 14–19 reforms. It focuses particularly on the introduction of the new 14–19 Diplomas. Overall, 14–19 initiatives have continued to widen opportunities and meet the needs of young people. Progress in introducing the Diplomas was promising across the 23 consortia visited, many of which have been at the forefront of 14–19 developments. While the main subject learning of the Diplomas was generally going well, other elements, and particularly functional skills, needed more attention.

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25/08/2009
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Planning For A Human Influenza Pandemic

Now that the Swine Flu virus is established in the community, expert advice is that there is no longer a strong case for closing schools to contain the spread of infection. However, the UK Health Departments have published a framework for how the Government should respond during an influenza pandemic. This DfES report provides emergency planning guidance for schools and recommends that all schools work closely with their local authority in dealing with the pandemic.

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25/08/2009
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Narrowing The Gap In Outcomes

This report is based on research conducted by the NFER and commissioned by the LGA for the national Narrowing the Gap team. It aims to identify whether or not leadership has an effective role in narrowing the gap in outcomes between vulnerable children and young people and other children. The study included a literature review and interviews with case study local authorities.

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25/08/2009
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