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Issue LB.43

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Stereotyping of Ethnic Minorities

This new report by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation claims that some ethnic groups are systematically being ‘under-assessed’ relative to their White peers. If true, schools could actually be increasing inequalities of educational achievement between Caribbeans and whites or between rich and poor through racial stereotyping.

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06/11/2009
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Parent Support Advisor Pilot - Final Report

This DCSF evaluation by the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research reports that nearly 60 per cent of schools are now benefiting from 'parent support advisers' (PSAs). Following a two-year pilot scheme between the TDA and the DCSF to test out the role, 3,469 PSAs and similar roles now support 13,261 schools in England. Their expertise is designed to bridge the gap between parents and schools. More than 90 per cent of parents rated their PSAs highly – saying they felt respected, listened to and understood. PSAs also had a positive impact on attendance with persistent absenteeism decreasing by almost 25 per cent in secondary schools with their own PSA.

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06/11/2009
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Next Generation Learning

Misunderstandings, a lack of confidence and unclear communication channels are putting children’s education at risk, according to this report by Becta into the parent-teacher relationship. The comprehensive study of 2,000 parents and 1,000 teachers across the country revealed over half of parents are in contact with their child’s teacher just once a term or less and for various reasons are taking a back seat in their child’s education. The report suggests that simple technologies, such as online reporting can support a new, more effective partnership between parents and schools.

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06/11/2009
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Researchers of Tomorrow

This report was commissioned by the British Library and JISC. It provides guidance for information specialists on how best to meet the needs of Generation Y scholars - that is, doctoral students born between 1982 and 1994 – commonly dubbed 'Generation Y' (the Internet generation).

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06/11/2009
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Leadership Aspirations & Careers Of Minority Ethnic Teachers

The Leadership Aspirations And Careers Of Black And Minority Ethnic Teachers. Teachers who are black or minority ethnic (BME) face significant racism within the education system, according to this new research from the NASUWT and the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services. This report looks at the career experiences of over 500 BME teachers and how discrimination has affected their career opportunities, and concludes the majority did not believe the teaching system is inclusive.

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12/11/2009
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Personal, Social, Health And Economic Education

Ed Balls has confirmed that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education will be made compulsory in schools from September 2011. Building on the recommendations of an independent review by Sir Alasdair Macdonald and following extensive public consultations, PSHE, will become a statutory part of the national curriculum at primary and secondary level for all young people for the first time in 2011. This QCDA report summarises the quantitative data gathered as a result of an online questionnaire to PSHE education.

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12/11/2009
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Sex and Relationships Education

The research objectives of this DCSF report were to understand parents’ views on sex and relationships education (SRE); including whether parents should have the option to withdraw their children from SRE and, if so, at what age parents feel it would be appropriate to remove the option for parents to withdraw children and young people from SRE. Overall, parents viewed SRE as a fundamental part of their children’s education that will stay with them for life. Overwhelmingly, parents felt that it is every child’s right to receive SRE, just as they would any other subject. It should therefore be part of the National Curriculum and integrated into every child’s rounded, balanced education. To maintain it as an ‘optional subject’ is to continue, for many parents, to stigmatise the subject.

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12/11/2009
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Admissions Appeals - Maintained Primary & Secondary Schools

This DCSF Statistical First Release provides information about appeals lodged by parents during the academic year 2007/08 against non-admission of their children to their preferred school. It details the number of appeals lodged, heard and the outcome. The figures show that the vast majority of children get into their first choice secondary school, and overall only 3.7 per cent of all admissions resulting in an appeal being heard.

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12/11/2009
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The Characteristics of Bullying Victims in Schools

This DCSF study by the National Centre for Social Research represents the first in-depth investigation of pupil characteristics and school characteristics in relation to bullying of secondary school pupils aged 14 to 16 in England. This summary presents the topline findings from the full report which is due to be published in January 2010.

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21/11/2009
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Specialist Schools and Academies Trust STEM Pathfinder

The STEM pathfinder programme, funded by the DCSF and managed by SSAT, enabled and supported networks of specialist schools to design and deliver integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities through a programme of continuing professional development, and provision of resources, consultancy and advice to schools. This is the evaluation of the programme by NFER to assess the effectiveness of different activities and approaches to delivering STEM and provide a set of recommendations for the future.

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21/11/2009
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The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport

This survey by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport reveals that 45% of 5-15 year olds are participating in five hours of cultural activity a week. The findings from Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport find that 26% of 5-10 year olds take part in more than five hours a week of cultural activities, including the arts, out of school. However, 66% of 11-15 year olds were found to be participating in more than five hours in and out of school.

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21/11/2009
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Managing by Numbers: the Way to Make Public Services Better?

The future of performance measurement regimes for public services, like Ofsted, is currently being re-thought in the UK, both in light of recent experience and with the advent of a new era of greater fiscal stress on public services. This briefing by the Economic and Social Research Council considers options for the future. One finding of the study is that the cost of running Ofsted is £207m per year – or 0.27% of Education spending, which is the cost of almost 5000 teachers.

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21/11/2009
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Children, Schools and Families Bill

This Bill contains provisions on a range of policies which span the responsibilities of the DCSF. It contains legislative provisions to give effect to aspects of the White Paper Your Child, Your School, Our future. It introduces a system of guarantees for parents and pupils in the school system and makes changes to the way schools operate together. This Bill will reform schools and wider children’s services through providing guarantees for parents and pupils, setting out what they can expect from a 21st century schools system.

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27/11/2009
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Socio-Economic & Educational Backgrounds Of UK Entrepreneurs

UK business leaders believe more mentors and enterprise education in schools are key to nurturing a new generation of young entrepreneurs. Leading entrepreneurs believe that schools can help overcome the UK’s cultural fear of failure by instilling resilience and teaching enterprise using real life examples. This report by education charity, Aldridge Foundation, questioned entrepreneurs who had successfully started heir own business and asked them about their educational, socio-economic and family backgrounds, and what they thought could be done to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs.

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27/11/2009
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Innovation & Industry: The Role of Universities

This Policy Exchange report looks at how universities could form a key part of Britain’s economic recovery by acting as incubators of business and providers of expertise. It finds that Government policy misunderstands the crucial role universities play in stimulating innovation and enterprise and argues that instead of trying to turn scientists into innovators, we should focus on ways to make collaboration between universities and businesses easier.

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27/11/2009
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Anti-Social Behaviour Family Intervention Projects

Family Intervention Projects (FIPs) work with the most challenging families and tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, youth crime, school absenteeism, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, poor mental health and inter-generational disadvantage. This DCSF report presents information about the families that received a FIP intervention aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour up until 31st March 2009.

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27/11/2009
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