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Cases Of Alleged Teacher Incompetence

This research study by NatCen sought to explore the factors that affect referral to the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) for incompetence. It found that factors affecting referrals for incompetence to the GTC are evident within different parts of the overall framework for monitoring teacher standards and managing capability: in the performance management system, local capability procedures, and at the point at which the employer considers that a case is appropriate for a GTC referral.

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01/07/2010
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Headteacher National Audit 2010

TSL Education has published the results of the TES National Headteacher audit across five general themes: Funding; Standards; Bureaucracy; Status of the teaching profession and Lessons for the next administration. Findings include: Most Heads think that academy status would help them gain more independence from their LA. They welcome the introduction of technology in the classroom and agreed that the biggest change observed in pupils was a tendency to challenge authority.

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01/07/2010
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Barriers To Participation In Education and Training

This study explores the barriers and constraints young people currently face when deciding what to do at the end of their compulsory schooling in Year 11. A notable minority of young people (14 per cent) are prevented from doing what they want to do, while 63 per cent report experiencing at least one barrier or constraint. Finance is significantly more likely to be experienced as a barrier or constraint by young people who are NEET, those in JWT and teenage parents.

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01/07/2010
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Languages at Key Stage 4 2009-2011

This is an NFER evaluation of the impact of Languages Review recommendations: baseline findings from the first year of the evaluation. It examines languages provision and uptake at Key Stage 4 (KS4) in maintained secondary schools in England and the factors which support languages uptake at KS4, perceptions of the impact of the review, and changes in languages provision and uptake at KS4 from 2009 to 2011.

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01/07/2010
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Science And Mathematics Education, 5-14

The Royal Society has published the third report in a series of in-depth assessments of the state of science and mathematics education in the UK. State of the Nation 3 examines developments in science and mathematics education for 5 to 14-year-olds from 1998 to the present day. It focuses on the early years of formal education, from the start of primary school to the point at which in their early secondary education children will already have been given a first opportunity to make GCSE or equivalent subject choices.

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07/07/2010
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Improving Parental Confidence In the SEN Process

The overarching aim of this NFER research is to provide insights into the approach and practice of local authorities’ work with parents of children with SEN. The main focus is on the period prior to formal assessment. The findings are based on telephone interviews with the head of the SEN service in 26 local authorities.

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07/07/2010
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Re-Engaging Young People

Since 1990, a yearly government survey has indicated that between 9 and 10 per cent of 16 to 18 year olds is without a wage, schooling or training. This new study by the Audit Commission looks at the financial, personal and social cost of teenagers who are so-called NEET - not in education, employment or training. The study has found that the problem may be worse than the annual 'snapshot' survey shows, but that a new approach can make scarce resources work harder for those at greatest risk.

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07/07/2010
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Assessment and Examination Performance

The latest National Statistics on the assessment and examination Performance in Wales, which compares data with England and its Regions, has been produced by the Welsh Assembly Government. The key points from the latest release are: Key Stage 1: The proportion of pupils in Wales achieving the expected level was slightly lower than in England for all subjects apart from Science, where the average for Wales was slightly higher; Key Stage 2: Pupils in Wales performed better than their counterparts in England in English and Mathematics and performed the same in Science; Key Stage 3: The proportion of pupils in Wales achieving the expected level was lower than England.

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07/07/2010
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Improving The Literacy & Numeracy Of Young People In Custody

Young people in the youth justice system tend to have lower than average attainment in literacy and numeracy. This makes it more difficult for them to find consistent employment and heightens the chances of offending. This is the final report from the National Research & Development Centre which presents findings from the research project 'Improving the literacy and numeracy of young offenders and disaffected young people', looking at classroom observations and experimental interventions. The aims were to observe the kind of provision on offer and the impact of either increasing discrete literacy and numeracy provision or contextualising provision.

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15/07/2010
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Young People & Their Involvement In Crime

The aim of this NFER-funded research was to investigate the approaches being taken by local authorities (LAs) and partner organisations to improve how young people are perceived, especially in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour. The study also looked at the challenges for and benefits of activities aiming to improve public perceptions of young people, and the methods used to measure the impact of these activities.

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14/07/2010
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Ethnicity And Alcohol

This review draws together recorded drinking patterns among minority ethnic groups in the UK over the last 15 years and considers the evidence for service provision and support. Most minority ethnic groups have higher rates of abstinence and lower levels of frequent and heavy drinking when compared with the British population as a whole and to people from white backgrounds. Drinking patterns vary both between and within minority ethnic groups.

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15/07/2010
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Holiday Childcare Costs Survey 2010

Research published by the national childcare charity Daycare Trust, ahead of the school holidays, has uncovered a postcode lottery and patchwork of childcare availability. The findings of this year's Holiday Childcare Costs survey show a huge gap in childcare provision, with only 20% of local authority Family Information Services (FIS) able to state that they have sufficient holiday childcare in place to meet parental need - down from one third last year; whilst 63% reported that parents had complained of a lack of childcare in their area - rising to 88% in the south east region.

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15/07/2010
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Science And Mathematics Education 5-14

This report by The Royal Society considers primary and early secondary science and mathematics education across the United Kingdom. It warns that children are put off pursuing the subjects because of poor teaching and reveals that there are only 5,989 specialist science teachers and 3,903 maths experts covering the 17,000 primary schools in England. The report also called for maths tests for 11 year olds to be scrapped and recommends each primary school should have a specialist science teacher. Sixteen recommendations are made.

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23/07/2010
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The Skills Economy

The Skills Economy report by City & Guilds explores the attitudes of over 1,200 UK employers across 26 industry areas about the role of skills and vocational learning in business, the economy, and the country's global competitiveness. The report reveals vocational qualifications will become even more relevant to employers' skills needs and the changing face of UK industry, supporting economic recovery and future prosperity.

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23/07/2010
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Implementing Outcomes Based Accountability

This report provides an overview of the process and impact of the Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) approach to improving services for whole Populations. The Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) model has been used as a way of structuring planning to improve outcomes for whole populations and for improving services. The OBA approach focuses on outcomes that are desired and monitoring and evidencing progress towards those desired outcomes. NFER was commissioned by Local Government Association Analysis and Research (LGAAR), on behalf of Local Government Improvement and Development, to identify the impact of the OBA approach on LA practice in Children's Services through case studies.

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22/07/2010
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Researchers Of Tomorrow

The first Annual Report on the work of the Researchers of Tomorrow project, including findings from the national wider context survey and contributions from the Generation Y qualitative research cohort, has been published. It was commissioned by the British Library and JISC to establish a benchmark for research behaviour, against which future generations can be measured – and also to provide guidance for information specialists and policy makers on how best to meet the research needs of Generation Y scholars.

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23/07/2010
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