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Issue LB.46

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Early Years Attainment by Pupil Characteristics

This new DCSF report shows that over 30% of five-year-old boys from poor families cannot read or write, despite efforts to help them catch up with their peers. Moreover, 75% of white boys from disadvantaged families are failing to understand the basics of English and mathematics. The figures are based on teacher observations, and on data taken from young primary school pupils at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The data includes early learning goals such as social development, language and literacy, and problem solving and numeracy.

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03/02/2010
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Languages Learning At Key Stage 2

This three-year longitudinal study of languages learning at Key Stage 2 (KS2) by the DCSF was designed to explore provision, practice and developments over three school years between 2006/07 and 2008/09. It explores children’s achievement in oracy and literacy, as well as the possible broader cross-curricular impact of languages learning.

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03/02/2010
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Childhood Obesity In London And In New York

In the last 25 years, childhood obesity rates in London and New York City have more than doubled, and childhood obesity rates there are higher than in the United Kingdom and the United States as a whole. This alarming epidemic threatens children’s well-being, imposes an ever-growing financial burden, and widens socio-economic and ethnic inequalities within these cities. This new report by London Metropolitan University and the City University in New York, draws on their findings and presents a cogent strategy for the cities to decelerate the rise of childhood obesity and related inequality in health.

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03/02/2010
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Postgraduate Education in the UK

Over 270,000 students enrolled for a postgraduate course in 2007-08, with the sector seeing growth of 27% in masters’ degrees and 9% in doctoral degrees. These domestic growth rates however, are much lower than those of students from overseas and now 50% of masters’ students and 44% of doctoral students are international students. This new report by the British Library and the Higher Education Policy Institute provides an overview of the postgraduate education sector in the UK. It focuses on current numbers of students, profiles and trends, regional disparities and costs and benefits.

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03/02/2010
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Malpractice In GCSE And A Level Examinations

This report, published on behalf of the regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, presents data on malpractice in GCSE and GCE examinations during the June 2009 examination series. It shows that 4,400 pupils were caught attempting to cheat in last year's GCSEs and A-levels - a 6 per cent rise on the year before. The most common offence was bringing banned items into exam rooms - including mobiles, MP3s and calculators.

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10/02/2010
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Perceptions of A levels and GCSEs

This Ipsos MORI survey for exam regulator, Ofqual found that perceptions of A levels and GCSEs among teachers, students, parents and the general public remain largely positive.

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10/02/2010
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Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is inherently difficult to tackle. It covers a whole range of behaviour, is hard to define, even harder to measure, is not the responsibility of any one agency and has a variety of social and economic causes. This new Policy Exchange report looks at new approaches to tackling anti-social behaviour.

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10/02/2010
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Raising Standards

Technology is having a significant impact on raising standards, improving learning and teaching, and achieving best value. In addition, schools that invest in technology and use it well improve faster than others. This Becta publication provides data on the impact of technology in schools.

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10/02/2010
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Children, Young People and Alcohol

This DCSF research was designed to better understand parents’ and young people’s attitudes and behaviour towards alcohol and alcohol consumption. The research was also designed to investigate how children’s behaviour may be influenced by their parent’s attitudes and behaviour towards alcohol.

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17/02/2010
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Parental Opinion Survey 2009

This DCSF research brief presents the findings from the Parental Opinion Survey 2009, carried out by TNS-BMRB. It found that the vast majority of parents were confident when caring for their children. Confidence was highest for parents of older children, and levels of confidence were lowest amongst parents who did not speak English as a first language. High levels of confidence had positive impacts on other aspects of parenting, such as enjoyment of parenting, parental involvement and behaviour management.

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17/02/2010
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Physical Activity And Adolescents

Emphasising the emotional benefits of exercise is more effective at increasing levels of physical activity than highlighting traditional health benefits. This is the finding of this new research by the British Journal of Health Psychology. The aim of the research was to develop and pilot the feasibility and efficacy of a novel intervention using affective messages as a strategy to increase physical activity (PA) levels in adolescents. The study was carried out by the University of Leeds.

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17/02/2010
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More Fees Please?

The Government must raise the cap on top-up fees to avoid a serious deterioration of quality in our universities. This Policy Exchange report warns that the Treasury will not be able to afford a rise in fees without a radical change to the system of student support. The report recommends that students from the wealthiest households are removed from the public student loans scheme.

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17/02/2010
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