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The Good Teacher Training Guide 2009

This report by Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson of Buckingham University reveals that twice as many teachers are trained as schools actually need because thousands with poor academic qualifications drop out before making it to the classroom. Four out of 10 trainees in 2007/08 were not teaching in state schools six months after leaving university. Drop-out rates were highest among teachers who began training with poor A-level or degree qualifications. The report also raised concerns over the wastage rate from teaching courses, likely to be costing taxpayers tens of millions of pounds a year in wasted tuition and student support costs.

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02/09/2009
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Computer Games, Schools, And Young People

Computer games should be treated like any other resource to support learning in the classroom, according to this report for educators on using games for learning by Futurelab. Based on a recent one-year research project involving interviews with teachers and children, it contains illustrative, practical examples of how to use games in the classroom setting.

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02/09/2009
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Culture And Creative Learning

The education sector must understand the diversity young people’s own cultural experiences and also reflect on historical good practice if creative learning is to achieve a lasting impact in schools. This report from Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) offers an historical and theoretical overview of the idea of culture as it has permeated policy-making, debate and teaching practice.

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02/09/2009
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State Support For Part-Time Students

The Government must invest £33 million to begin tackling the chronic underfunding of part-time students who currently receive a fraction of the support given to their younger full-time counterparts, according to this new report from think tank Policy Exchange. The report proposes a partial solution to the crisis over student places.

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02/09/2009
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Deployment and Impact of Support Staff in Schools

Pupils who receive help from teaching assistants make less progress than classmates of similar ability, according to this government-funded study by the Institute of Education. The report notes that teaching assistants tended to look after the pupils most in need, reducing their contact with the qualified teacher. Support staff tend to have less training and a lower level of education than teachers. About two-thirds of the support staff had not been educated beyond GCSE level.

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10/09/2009
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Aspects of School Workforce Remodelling

This DCSF research was designed to explore in detail the strategies schools used to implement school workforce remodelling: the introduction of guaranteed time for PPA; limits on the amount of cover that teachers may carry out for absent colleagues; the introduction of LMT; and the removal of the requirement to routinely invigilate external examinations. It also aimed to explore other contractual changes which related to work/life balance; the transfer of administrative tasks to support staff; and the introduction of DHT. The report also focused on the impacts on those support staff most affected by the changes: teaching and learning support staff who regularly took responsibility for whole classes, and administrative staff who had taken on roles formerly carried out by teachers.

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10/09/2009
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Parental Experience of Services for Disabled Children

The DCSF commissioned BMRB Social Research to conduct a national survey measuring parental satisfaction with services for disabled children, designed to measure parental views on the five elements of the core offer as set out in the government's report 'Aiming Higher for Disabled Children' - Information, Transparency, Assessment, Participation and Feedback. This document reports on the findings.

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10/09/2009
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Schools Food Panel Survey Of Head Teachers

The School Food Trust was established to support and monitor the implementation of changes in school food in England to the new standards set by Government. This new research by the SFT reports on the implementation of the new food-based standards for school lunches. The research also shows that parents who don’t opt for school meals for their child give them more money each day to buy food at lunchtime than the cost of the average school meal. The SFT has also launched a new campaign, 'Bringing down the Barriers', that will target pupils and parents to show them how much money they can save per year if they claim their free school meal, which is especially vital in the current economic climate.

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10/09/2009
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Teachers' Workloads Diary Survey 2009

The 2009 teachers’ workloads survey of 1,572 teachers by the DCSF provides data on the hours and working patterns teachers in maintained primary, secondary and special schools in England and Wales. The report shows that most categories of teacher in 2009 continue to report working over 50 hours per week, and head teachers in primary schools are more likely to think they are expected to do things that are not part of their job most or all of the time compared to other types of teachers.

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17/09/2009
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Realtime Generation Survey 2009

This new survey by Logicalis UK reveals the education and career choices, expectations and concerns, of 13-17 year olds from across the UK. Key findings from the survey reveal deep-rooted fears about the value of education versus employment prospects. Many of the teenagers surveyed expressed serious concerns about getting into debt to subsidise their studies, and questioned the value of education. The survey also suggests that this generation of 13-17 year olds (the Realtime Generation) is planning ahead and offsetting these fears by choosing traditional academic subjects such as science, IT and engineering, which they associate with better career prospects.

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17/09/2009
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Ofsted Annual Report

This annual Ofsted report draws on evidence since July 2007 and reflects the first full year of inspection and regulation by Ofsted across its expanded remit, including findings from childcare, children's social care, and education and skills provision for learners of all ages.

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17/09/2009
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Provision For Learners With English Language Needs

Discussions within the ethnic community have indicated a need to develop a clearer understanding of approaches in relation to identifying and addressing English language acquisition needs. The purpose of this report is to seek to gauge the level of need in relation to English language acquisition for learners aged 16 to 19 years who are in education and training. The report focuses on learners from ethnic minority backgrounds for whom English is an additional or second language.

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17/09/2009
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Where Next for Pupils Excluded from Special Schools and PRUs

This DCSF study of pupils permanently excluded from special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) was commissioned in the light of concerns expressed in the report of the Practitioners’ Group on School Behaviour and Discipline, relating to the quality of educational provision for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD). The objectives of the report were to examine the events and processes that led up to the young person’s permanent exclusion from a special school or PRU, identify what forms of alternative provision are available once excluded, identify the destinations of young people after their permanent exclusion, and identify best practice in planning for permanent exclusion.

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25/09/2009
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Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children

This DCSF report provides the findings of the evaluation of the early education pilot for disadvantaged two year old children. This study aimed to assess the impact of the pilot by looking at: how well the pilot was targeted, parents’ experiences of taking up a pilot place, the quality of the pilot settings, the impact on the children’s cognitive and socio-behaviour, and parents’ views and experiences of using a pilot place. The pilot provided free early years education to over 13,500 disadvantaged two year olds between 2006 and 2008. The main purpose of the pilot was to improve children’s social and cognitive outcomes.

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25/09/2009
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Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey 2008

BMRB Social Research was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to collect information about childcare and early years provision and its workforce. In this report the survey findings are drawn together to highlight similarities and differences across the sectors, as well as providing details of the whole childcare and early years workforce.

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25/09/2009
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Report on Parent Champions for Childcare Pilot Schemes

A lack of information and awareness about early years and childcare services still remains a barrier for some parents in using childcare – parents remain confused about the available resources and unsure of the quality and benefits to their children. Parent Champions are appointed to share positive experiences of using formal childcare services themselves and are well placed to encourage the take-up of childcare among other parents and families, particularly in communities where the use of childcare is not widespread. This DCSF report is an evaluation of the pilot schemes funded by the DCSF and run by Daycare Trust and National Day Nurseries Association.

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25/09/2009
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