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Academies Bill

The Academies Bill was included in the Queen's Speech on 25th May 2010. The main purpose of the bill is to enable many more schools to become academies in order to provide schools with "the freedoms to deliver an excellent education in the way they see fit". The status of the bill is still in progress, however, this summary highlights its main points.

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27/05/2010
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The Coalition: Our Programme For Government

The government has published its key policy plans, covering areas like political reform, public health, schools and education, Home Information Packs, tackling the deficit and reform of the banking system. It confirms the new coalition government will press ahead with plans for "free schools" in England, making it easier for "new providers" to set up schools in the state system - including parents and teachers.

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27/05/2010
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Social Networking more Important Than Family

Many of the children in the UK found technology and social networking more important than other aspects of life, including their family, according to a new poll of eight to 15-year-olds for National Family Week. It found 40% of girls identified Facebook as one of the most important things in their lives - compared with 6% of boys. The study, which surveyed 3,000 parents and 1,000 children across the UK, reveals parents overestimate the role they play in their child's life.

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27/05/2010
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ICT Use By Primary Pupils At School And Home

BESA has published the first edition of ICT Use by Primary Pupils at School and at Home, tracking opinions and forecasts of ICT leaders on relative benefits of ICT hardware categories in the classroom and at home. BESA’s research analysed responses from 406 primary schools about ICT use by pupils at school and at home. The results help to ascertain which technologies schools consider most beneficial to pupils, and to see which technology pupils enjoy.

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27/05/2010
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Assessing Pupils' Progress In Key Stage 3 Science

This is the final report on the uptake and implementation of Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP) in key stage 3 science, following its introduction in January 2009. The overall aim of this research project was to look at the uptake and implementation of APP in key stage 3 science. The findings from this project will provide science specialists with an overall picture of the current assessment context and identify areas where further support is needed.

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02/06/2010
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Transition Through Detention And Custody

This Ofsted report evaluates the range and effectiveness of the arrangements for education and training for several categories of young people: those identified for their likelihood of offending; young offenders who move into custodial establishments then are transferred between different establishments while in custody; and those who move between custody and the community. The report illustrates good practice and makes recommendations for improvement.

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02/06/2010
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ICT Provision & Use

The summer holiday and start of the new academic year is a period when many schools have review and begin to implement revised ICT development plans. This summary analysis report offers some insight into the views held by schools as to the value, and likely provision of ICT over the coming year, and highlights trends from BESA’s ICT in UK State Schools 2009 report.

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02/06/2010
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Ofsted Evaluation Report On Changes To Complaints Process

This Ofsted evaluation report summarises the responses to Ofsted’s consultation on the proposals to improve its process for handling complaints made about their work. The summary of the responses received through the consultation process is the result of a formal three-month online consultation.

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02/06/2010
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School Quangos: A Blueprint For Abolition And Reform

This latest CPS report puts forward detailed plans for the abolition of most of the quangos that are concerned with schools and the reform of the remainder. The paper analyses the 11 quangos (with public funding of £1.2 billion in 2007/08) which have the greatest impact on schools and details how the functions of these quangos can either be abolished, or transferred to the Department or moved out of state control.

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11/06/2010
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Transforming Religious Education

Religious education is "inadequate" in one in five secondary schools in England, according to this Ofsted report. Its study suggested many teachers were unsure of what they were trying to achieve in the subject. The report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of religious education (RE) in primary and secondary schools and discusses the key issues at the heart of RE teaching today.

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11/06/2010
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Admission Appeals For Primary And Secondary Schools

This Statistical First Release gives information about appeals lodged by parents against non-admission of their children to their preferred school in 2008/09. It details the number of appeals lodged, heard and the outcome. It shows that the number of parents appealing against their children's primary school places in England has risen again and that parents were less likely to be successful than in the previous year to secure a place for their child at their chosen school.

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11/06/2010
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Comprehensive Area Assessment

The Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) approach to regulation and assessment is being delivered by six partner inspectorates, who agree joint judgements on outcomes in local areas. This Ipsos Mori evaluation by Cardiff Business School addresses key questions about the first year of CAA.

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11/06/2010
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Victimisation Of Children Aged 10 To 15

This Home Office document reports on the findings from the British Crime Survey for the year ending December 2009. The report gives estimates of victimisation of children aged 10 to 15 years resident in households in England and Wales and finds that up to a quarter of children have been victims of crime. The survey also provides data to assist in understanding the nature and circumstances of crimes experienced by children aged 10 to 15. This is the first full attempt in the UK to work out how many children aged between 10 and 15 experience crime.

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17/06/2010
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Fairness And Unfairness

This Ofsted report gives the views of children and young people in boarding schools, children’s homes and other care and residential settings. It reports on their views and experiences about fairness and unfairness. It found that they defined fairness as everyone being treated equally unless there was a good reason for different treatment, having your rights, being listened to, having what you ought to have, only being punished for things you had actually done and only as much as you deserved, and getting along together without anyone being left out.

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17/06/2010
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Independent Review of ICT User Skills

This new report by Lifelong Learning UK outlines why digital life skills have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of UK citizens and the wider UK economy. It also calls on learning providers to embed technology into their teaching methods, as new figures reveal 49% of people would feel more confident using technology in the workplace if it had been incorporated more into their training and education. Results also revealed that half of all office workers felt they would waste less time at work if they had better knowledge of technology.

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17/06/2010
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The Impact Of The Baby Peter Case

Following the death of Baby Peter Connelly in August 2007, the government took steps to review the effectiveness of arrangements for safeguarding children in England, which led to the publication of the Laming Review in March 2009. The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned the NFER to look at the impact of the case of Baby Peter Connelly on local authorities’ applications for care orders and child protection more widely.

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17/06/2010
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Financial Efficiency In Schools

The government and its partners provide a range of services and tools to assist schools in managing their finances efficiently. However not all schools are accessing this support, and some are not managing their finances as well as they could. It is anticipated that schools will need to be more financially astute in the coming years, and to make economies where possible. This report looks at current approach to financial management.

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25/06/2010
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Young People's Views On Web 2.0 Technologies (open access article)

The overarching aim of this NFER report was to gather young people’s views about web 2.0 technologies. The project was interested in young people’s personal use of social media, but also in how they might use these tools in a community or local authority (LA) context, for example, to communicate with other young people, organise meetings and events, express their views, or take part in a youth cabinet or similar representative group. The report provides useful information for LA personnel considering using web 2.0 tools and policy personnel considering future forms of communication within children’s services fields.

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25/06/2010
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UK Resilience Programme Evaluation

There are increasing concerns about children’s well-being in the UK, their behaviour, and the low academic attainment of a large fraction of the population. In September 2007, three local authorities piloted a programme with Year 7 pupils with the aim of building pupils' resilience and promoting well-being. This evaluation aims to investigate whether the programme can be delivered at scale; whether it has an impact on children's well-being; and if so, whether this will have an impact on behaviour, attendance and academic attainment.

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25/06/2010
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Intergenerational Practice

The National Foundation for Educational Research, with the National Youth Agency (NYA) and National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), was commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to examine what works in intergenerational practice. Intergenerational practice refers to activities that bring together older adults and young people or children. Five intergenerational projects were selected to cover a range of foci and target groups, focusing on football, arts, knife crime, living history, and personal and social education.

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25/06/2010
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