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Local Authority Approaches To The School Admissions Process

School admissions are clearly of central importance to parents, since they represent a major potential influence on a child’s life chances. They are also important and high profile for both local and national government, since these bodies will wish to demonstrate that such processes are fair, efficient and serve the best needs of their populations. This report sets out the findings from a recent investigation into the various approaches of local authorities (LAs) to the admissions process, including an overview of the challenges, barriers and facilitating factors connected to the various approaches used.

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01/09/2010
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The Business Role In Education

This new CBI report sets out a clear statement of business priorities for schools and the case for action. It also identifies the role the private and third party sectors have played in tackling failure through bringing in fresh ideas, best practice and value for money. The report, welcomes reforms expanding the number of academies and enabling new schools to be set up, which should lead to greater innovation in the classroom.

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01/09/2010
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Business Priorities For Science, Engineering And Technology

Recruiting staff with science, engineering and technology skills is set to become increasingly difficult. This report warns that one in five UK undergraduates should be studying science, engineering and technology subjects and recommends that specialist science teachers, school leaders and business need to work together to raise young people’s interest and enthusiasm.

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01/09/2010
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Childhood Wellbeing

The aim of this government briefing paper from the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre is to provide an overview of recent evidence in the field of childhood wellbeing. The paper provides a summary of how wellbeing is conceptualised; the domains and measures employed to assess child wellbeing within the UK and internationally; how the views of children and young people are incorporated into work on child wellbeing; and some conclusions from key studies relevant to the wellbeing of children and young people in the UK. It concludes by highlighting some of the issues and challenges in taking this work forward.

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01/09/2010
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Diploma Costs and Funding at Key Stage 4

In September 2009, the Government commissioned Mouchel Management Consulting to undertake a study into the Costs and Funding of Diplomas at Key Stage 4. The key objective of the research was to develop a more detailed understanding of funding models; consortia delivery costs; the scope for efficiencies; and the likely system costs out to 2013. This Department for Education report gives the conclusions of that research.

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09/09/2010
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Outstanding Local Authority Children’s Services 2009

This Ofsted report highlights aspects of best practice in the 10 children’s services judged by Ofsted in 2009 to be performing excellently; this is the highest of four ratings. In these highest-performing local authorities, the overall effectiveness of a very large majority of inspected services and settings was good or excellent. This report analyses some of the key factors that led to their high performance and illustrates these with practical examples.

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10/09/2010
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Information, Advice And Guidance For Young People

This research by the Local Government Association (LGA) looks at the current ‘fitness for purpose’ of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services provided to young people in the 14-19 context and to identify improvement and support needs for Local Authorities (LAs). The report presents key findings from an online questionnaire survey of Heads of Connexions and LA strategic managers with responsibility for IAG. The researchers also conducted advocacy interviews with respondents from areas with evidence of at least one aspect of IAG-related provision considered to be good practice, providing examples of IAG provision that could be replicated.

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10/09/2010
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Outcomes Based Accountability In Children's Services

The Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) model has been used as a way of structuring planning to improve 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 nine case studies. This report provides the main findings.

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10/09/2010
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Creative, Digital & Information Technology Industries

This report, published by the Council for Industry and Higher Education, recommends that Stem subjects, including science and maths, should be extended to digital technology, as the digital industries will soon represent a $3tn (£1.9tn) market. At school level the report calls for a shake-up of the ICT curriculum which it accuses of holding back the development of creative digital industries.

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16/09/2010
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The Costs and Benefits of Creative Partnerships

This new independent research from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) reveals that Creative Partnerships, the government’s flagship creative learning programme for schools, is expected to generate nearly £4 billion net positive benefit for the UK economy. This is the equivalent of £15.30 of economic benefits for every £1 of investment in Creative Partnerships.

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15/09/2010
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Attitudes And Aspirations Of This Year’s Graduates

This report, published by Endsleigh, calls for a radical overhaul in the way that university careers services currently function. Responding to feedback from the first set of graduates to have gone through university through the recession, the research, carried out by think tank Demos, recommends that careers services are turned into not-for-profit recruitment consultancies for their respective universities, specialising in finding work for graduates in businesses local to the institution.

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16/09/2010
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The Challenge of Our Times

This report by Accipio Learning reveals that local authorities could halve the costs of alternative provision and still significantly boost the achievement of children who cannot learn in mainstream schools.

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16/09/2010
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School Libraries: A Plan For Improvement

This School Library Commission’s report finds that while many school libraries are under-utilised resources they have a unique role in raising pupils’ literacy levels, promoting reading for pleasure and improving their access to knowledge. The report also says that many school libraries are an under-used resource in schools. While the report does not make the case for making school libraries statutory, it does call on the Department for Education (DfE) to endorse the role of school libraries in supporting the new government’s renewed commitment to literacy.

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21/09/2010
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BESA ICT in UK State Schools 2010

This BESA research into the opinions and trends of ICT in UK state schools shows that despite government funding cuts for ICT in education, schools appear to be remaining positive in their outlook. The research, carried out in conjunction with the National Education Research Panel (NERP) provides analysis into the likely provision of technology in UK state schools in the next year and gives extensive insight into teacher confidence, training and the level of ICT in schools.

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21/09/2010
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Primary Mental Health Workers In Education

Promoting good emotional health is an increasingly important function in schools. Consequently, better basic knowledge of mental health is needed across the children’s workforce. School staff require sufficient support, time and resources to develop their knowledge and expertise. This review evaluates the role of Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) to date, focusing in particular on their role within education, and presents illustrations of PMHWs’ practices. It can inform the development and expansion of PMHW links with education. It will be of interest to policy makers and practitioners in education and mental health, including PMHWs, CAMHS specialists and education staff.

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21/09/2010
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20 Reasons Why A Graduate Tax Is A Bad Idea

In this new paper contributing to the debate about higher education funding, the Institute of Directors (IoD) argues that a graduate tax is the wrong policy solution and would damage the UK’s tax competitiveness. Nor would it solve the problem of widening participation. The IoD urges the Government to opt for an extension of the existing system of variable fees.

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21/09/2010
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