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Issue LB.47

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Training of Teachers

Entry requirements for teacher training in England are too low and damage the status of the profession, according to this report by the Commons education select committee. It concludes that major reforms must be introduced to help newly qualified teachers make the transition from their initial training to their first teaching post.

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25/02/2010
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Deaf Children And Social Care Provision

Research commissioned for the National Deaf Children's Society by the University of Manchester, and published in Every Child Journal, has revealed that social care and child protection services across England are failing deaf children and their families. As a result, deaf children are more likely to be abused, suffer mental health problems, struggle learning to read and become unemployed.

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25/02/2010
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Reaching Disadvantaged Groups and Individuals

By the end of this year, all schools in England will be expected to offer access to a wide range of extended services (ES) from 8am - 6pm, 48 weeks a year, including school holidays. This DCSF report is aimed at uncovering some of the issues around extended services and disadvantaged groups and individuals.

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25/02/2010
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World Religions In Schools In England

The national framework for RE insists that students should ‘learn from’ – not just ‘learn about’ - religions. This research summarises the findings from a study commissioned by the DCSF and carried out by the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit to investigate the materials used in schools to teach about world religions as part of Religious Education (RE).

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25/02/2010
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How Schools And Families Can Work Better Together

The importance of good schooling and parenting is well recognised, but the importance of how schools and families relate is much less understood. Parentline Plus and Teacher Support Network have collaborated to research how schools and families can work better together. The report ‘Beyond the school gate’ shows that parental engagement in learning is crucial to wellbeing, behaviour, attendance and attainment.

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04/03/2010
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Science and Mathematics Education for the 21st Century

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has responded to Science and Mathematics Education for the 21st Century in an independent report for the government on the future of science and maths education, compiled by the Science and Learning Expert Group and chaired by Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust. The report gives 22 recommendations on how to strengthen science and mathematics education within schools and colleges.

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04/03/2010
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The E-Skills Manifesto

Major employers in the UK have set out their recommendations on how to e-skill the workforce to create sustainable economic growth. This e-skills Manifesto has been published by e-skills UK – the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. Among the Manifesto's recommendations are calls to radically improve IT-related education, provide practical help for companies to innovate and increase productivity, and ensure that government policy reflects the strategic importance of technology.

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04/03/2010
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Improving Progression To Sustainable Unsupported Employment

This Ofsted report evaluates the strategies and practices of the Workstep employment programme - funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - which supports disabled people aged 16+ in getting sustainable jobs and identifies barriers to progress.

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04/03/2010
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Inspection Judgements 2009/10 For Maintained Schools

Ofsted has released the official data showing inspection outcomes for the first four months of the new inspection framework. The findings reflect Ofsted’s sharper focus on weaker schools and confirm that by emphasising the overall achievement of all pupils, in particular their progress as well as the quality of classroom teaching and learning, Ofsted is providing the additional challenge to schools that the new inspections were intended to provide. The link provided in this summary gives the inspection judgements for all inspections carried out in the autumn term of academic year 2009/10.

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10/03/2010
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Oneplace National Overview Report

Comprehensive Area Assessment is a new way of assessing local public services in England. This report looks at the findings from the first year of CAA. It is published by six inspectorates responsible for assessing local public services in England – the Audit Commission, Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorates of Constabulary, Prisons and Probation, and Ofsted. It sets out what we know about what helps and hinders improvement in local public services. The report also provides information for local leaders and highlights examples of how their peers have overcome some of the common challenges they face.

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10/03/2010
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Family Intervention Projects

In February 2007, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) created a web-based information system to collect comprehensive data on all families referred to Family Intervention Projects (FIPs). The report researched the lives of over 1000 families and key findings from the research found that family intervention projects have an 'overwhelmingly positive' impact on anti-social behaviour.

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10/03/2010
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Computers for Pupils Initiative: Final Report

This independent NfER report for Becta comes out of the government initiative to target ‘the neediest pupils in the most deprived areas’ which was announced in the Budget (March 2005). The Computers for Pupils (CfP) initiative's primary aim was to tackle the specific part of the digital divide that excludes disadvantaged young people from accessing the benefits of ICT. The key objectives of the project were to give learners the same opportunities as their peers; contribute to raising educational achievement; support personalised learning; and encourage the development of ICT skills among learners and families.

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10/03/2010
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Teacher Supply for Pupils with Learning Difficulties

Ed Balls has pledged more support for trainee teachers who want to work with severely disabled children in response to this major review of the supply and recruitment of teachers of children with severe profound and multiple learning difficulties. The review by Toby Salt, commissioned by the Government in September 2009, called for more to be done to attract and retain teachers who want to teach disabled children in Special Schools and Mainstream schools.

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18/03/2010
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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill

This Bill introduces a wide range of measures covering apprenticeships, learning and skills and educational provision. The main purpose of the bill is to reform education, training and apprenticeships for young people and adults, provide new powers to strengthen children’s trusts, improve standards in schools and increase confidence in qualifications.

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18/03/2010
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Ingenious Britain

This report for the Conservative party by James Dyson looks at making Britain Europe’s leading high tech exporter. The report includes policy suggestions targeting culture, education, universities and research and development. James Dyson is urging government to support science and engineering before Britain loses its international competitiveness and slides further into the red.

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18/03/2010
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Measures To Prevent Racism By Teachers

This government review by Maurice Smith, the former chief inspector of schools, has concluded that teachers in England should not be banned from membership of the British National Party or any group which may promote racism. The review also calls for measures to be strengthened to prevent the promotion of racism by teachers in schools but finds that measures currently in place to protect pupils from racist teachers are sufficient. The Government has accepted in full the independent review's findings.

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18/03/2010
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Mental Health in Schools

Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) is a three-year DCSF programme aimed at supporting the development of innovative models of mental health support in schools for children and young people at risk of or experiencing, mental health problems. The aim of this DCSF research was to explore the impact of this programme and find out which approaches seem to be the best ways for schools to help children. It involved evaluating work around mental health in schools that are implementing TaMHS as well as those that are not.

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25/03/2010
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The National Strategies: A Review Of Impact

This report evaluates which aspects of the National Strategies’ programmes had been effective and which less so, and how leaders and managers at regional and local levels of the National Strategies judged their impact. Almost all the schools visited considered that the National Strategies had contributed to improving the quality of teaching and learning and the use of assessment, and valued their materials. However, the frequent introduction of new initiatives had led to overload and diminished their potential effectiveness. Evaluation of the impact of the National Strategies’ many programmes was also a weakness at national and local level.

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25/03/2010
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Regulating Child Performances

The 1968 regulations and guidance that cover child performances were established under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963. Their aim was to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children taking part in public performances. However it is vital to ensure that appropriate and proportionate safeguards are in place. This independent review into child performance regulations brings licensing arrangements up to date for the 21st Century. The review was undertaken by Sarah Thane, CBE, former Chair of the Royal Television Society and former advisor to Ofcom.

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25/03/2010
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Moving Through The System

This Ofsted report focuses on the importance of providing high quality information, advice and guidance to enable young people, as well as their parents and carers, to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about their next steps in education, training or employment, particularly at age 16 and beyond.

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25/03/2010
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