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Computers For Pupils: Supplemental Information

This Becta report comments on some of the key findings of the independent NfER report, Evaluation of the Computers for Pupils initiative. The CfP initiative's primary aim was to tackle the digital divide that excludes disadvantaged young people at KS3 - KS4 from accessing the benefits of ICT. The programme provided them with computer equipment and connectivity equivalent to that which was available to their classmates.

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30/04/2010
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Teacher Assessment In Core Subjects At KS2 & KS3

This Estyn report contains an evaluation of the arrangements to assure the consistency of teacher assessment in the core subjects in key stage 2 (KS2) and key stage 3 (KS3). Since 2005, there have been no statutory tasks or tests in Wales at KS2 and KS3 and pupils’ standards of attainment at the end of the key stages are based only on teacher assessments.

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30/04/2010
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Schools With Good or Outstanding Standards of Behaviour

This publication reports on the number and percentage of state-funded secondary schools judged Good or Outstanding for standards of behaviour at their most recent Ofsted inspection. The data shows that behaviour is good or outstanding in almost four out of five of England's secondary schools, and is based on each eligible school’s most recent inspection.

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29/04/2010
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EFA - Global Monitoring Report 2010

Education systems in many of the world's poorest countries are now experiencing the aftermath of the global economic downturn. The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, commissioned by UNESCO, argues that the crisis could create a lost generation of children whose life chances will have been irreparably damaged by a failure to protect their right to education. The Report examines who these children are and why they are being left behind, and looks at concrete solutions for making sure that no children are excluded from schooling.

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30/04/2010
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E-Access, E-Maturity, E-Safety

This NFER report, commissioned by Becta, is a large-scale, independent survey of learners’ uses of new technologies. Becta was particularly interested in finding out whether and how learners use technologies for learning at school and at home, and whether learners were using these technologies safely. The research produced a wide array of findings about learner’s e-access, e-maturity and e-security.

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07/05/2010
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Tackling Child Poverty And Disadvantage In Schools

This Estyn report looks at how schools are tackling child poverty and disadvantage in Wales. It identifies examples of effective practice and makes suggestions about further action that might be taken to improve the performance of disadvantaged pupils.

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07/05/2010
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Climate Change And Schools

Schools have a special role to play in reducing emissions, a role that goes beyond their contribution to national emissions. Through the curriculum and through their practices, they can set an example to today’s children and young people, who will be the vanguard of tomorrow’s green economy. This DCSF document seeks to provide a roadmap by which those working and studying within the school sector can begin to radically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from schools and school related activity.

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07/05/2010
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Integrated Children's Services And The CAF Process

The Local Authority Research Consortium (LARC) supports children’s service authorities in using and conducting research to evaluate progress, to inform practice, share findings and make recommendations locally and nationally. This nfer report contains the collective findings of the 24 authorities involved in the LARC2 project, which uses the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) as a proxy to explore the effective integration between targeted and universal services, looking at outcomes for children, young people and their families.

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07/05/2010
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The State of the Internet Nation

Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy commissioned an in-depth study with YouGov to discover what the hopes and fears of today's online 18-25 year olds are for the future, and the effect they feel growing up with the Internet has had on their lives, compared to youngsters 20 years ago.

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14/05/2010
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Engineering UK 2009/10

This report by Dr Anil Kumar and Emma Buglass for EngineeringUK examines the current state of the engineering sector in the UK and highlights the need for skills training to replenish an ageing skills base which, if left unchecked, will put significant pressure on further education where lecturers are in short supply.

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14/05/2010
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Asset-Based Welfare and Child Poverty

This research by the Institute for Public Policy Research into asset-based welfare policies in Wales suggests there could be ramifications for the Welsh Assembly Government’s programme for the Child Trust Fund Cymru if there are changes to the national Child Trust Fund (CTF) scheme following the general election. The report looks at the arguments for and against CTFs, and explains why assets are an important way of providing a financial cushion for families in times of hardship.

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14/05/2010
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Business Priorities For Education And Skills

This new CBI report found that studying science to degree level helps to boost an individual's employment prospects, with a third of respondents saying they prefer recruiting people with a STEM-related degree. Sponsored by qualifications awarding body EDI, the report also finds that demand for highly-skilled people will intensify during the recovery, and employers fear they will not be able to find people with the skills they need to fill high-level jobs.

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21/05/2010
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School Business Managers: A Best Practice Guide

This report reviews the role and effectiveness of school business managers in Wales and describes best practice through case studies. This report is based on scrutiny of relevant policies and documents and on discussions with headteachers and business managers in a sample of schools across Wales. The report is also informed by an analysis of findings from all primary and secondary school inspection reports between September 2006 and July 2009.

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21/05/2010
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Dehydration Affects Brain Function in Adolescents

This research paper, published in Human Brain Mapping, reporting on a medical study of 16-18 year olds, which identifies that whilst dehydration may not immediately appear to affect brain function in the short-term, for teenagers taking GCSE’s or A-Levels over consecutive days, performance could be significantly affected.

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21/05/2010
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National Letter Writing Day

Exchanging letters, written by hand, can have a positive impact on child development, yet as many as one in five children surveyed in the UK have never received a handwritten letter – according to this new survey commissioned for children’s charity World Vision.

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21/05/2010
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