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Sustainable ICT for UK Schools

This new publication by Gary Clawson, chief executive of the North West Learning Grid, reports that the average secondary school can save £35,020 a year, and a primary school £6,300 by implementing a policy of open source software and content. in addition, local authorities could cut their ICT costs by between 25 and 35 per cent. The report recommends targeting three areas: learning platforms and digital resources; desktop software/hardware; and administration systems.

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30/09/2010
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Policy And Developments In Mathematics Assessment

Good quality mathematics education in England is seen as key to the success of the economy, despite on-going concerns that the students who leave school do not have all the skills required for the workplace. This paper details the policy developments in mathematics assessment in England, highlighting the many changes that have occurred over recent years and the reasons for these. The paper also considers whether the current policy developments will encourage the use of good assessment, and if not, what some of the constraints may be.

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30/09/2010
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International Perspective On Integrated Children's Services

This research report, published by the CfBT Education Trust, covers a review of the international literature on, and policies relating to, the integration of children’s services. The report identifies British, American and Norwegian evidence of the beneficial consequences of an integrated approach to Early Years provision. It concludes that the task of ensuring a joined-up approach to children's services remains work in progress, and questions whether now, as children's services move to a more 'mature' phase', a more locally-driven, but equally focused approach would be more likely to yield increased results for children and families.

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30/09/2010
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Wider Choice And The Learning Core For 14-19 Learners

This Estyn report evaluates progress in implementing wider choice and flexibility and entitlement to the learning core of Learning Pathways 14-19.

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30/09/2010
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Young People And The Digital Divide

This report from Catch 22 presents the findings of research carried out young people’s experiences of using the internet. The report shows that 1 in 5 young people that the charity works with have no access to the internet. The report also sets out the significant disadvantages that exist for those young people who are unable to get online. In order to ensure that all young people benefit from the internet, the report makes a series of recommendations to help bridge the 'digital divide' between those who can access the internet and those who cannot.

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07/10/2010
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Learning to Adopt Safe Practices

Safety education in schools in England is characterised by a mixture of inspirational teaching and missed opportunities. One of the concerns hampering high quality safety education is that some schools have noted an “increasingly censorious climate” with regard to practical learning opportunities and the possibility of mishaps in school or under the school’s care. This research by the Child Safety Education Coalition explores the effectiveness of safety education in primary and secondary schools and sets out a description of how things stand and makes recommendations.

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07/10/2010
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Autism And Educational Assessment: UK Policy And Practice

Over the past two decades UK government legislation has led to an increased focus on inclusive education. This research, funded by NFER, investigated UK assessment policy and practice for mainstream-educated pupils who are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The report considers the role of educational assessment in relation to inclusive education in mainstream settings, with a specific focus on the assessment of pupils with ASD.

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07/10/2010
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Work-Related Education And Training

This Ofsted survey set out to determine the benefits of employers’ involvement in government-funded work-related education and training, to identify the features of good practice and the ways in which the provision could be further improved.

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07/10/2010
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Securing A Sustainable Future For Higher Education

This report by Lord Browne is a review of England's higher education system, which recommends sweeping changes to the university funding system. It calls for an unlimited level of tuition fees for students. The blueprint for universities in England set out by Lord Browne would see a new emphasis on competition. It calls for the current £3,290 cap on fees to be scrapped and replaced by a free market, in which universities set their own charges for different courses. Much of the cost of a degree would be transferred from the taxpayer to the student.

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13/10/2010
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Secondary School Admissions & Pupil Composition

In England, as in a number of other developed countries children from more affluent families tend to be educated separately from those less affluent. In England the historic division is between the maintained and private sectors, but state maintained schools of all types also differ markedly in terms of the social and economic status of their intake. This social segregation of English schools is due to unevenness in social background of the parents. This Department for Education research investigates whether changes to the School Admissions Code in 2003 and 2007, concerning school admission arrangements, appear to have had direct effects on the published admissions policies and the social composition of particular schools.

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13/10/2010
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World Of Work Survey

This report by Randstad Education highlights the challenges facing leadership in schools. Focusing on staff management, the report identifies the recruitment and retention of talented teachers and a looming shortage of future school leaders as major concerns at a time when budgets are coming under growing pressure. However, the report finds cause for optimism in the determination and creativity with which current education leaders are addressing the challenges in front of them.

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13/10/2010
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Information, Advice & Guidance for Young People

The responsibility for strategic planning and the provision of high-quality and impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) now lies with local authorities. This report by the Local Government Association (LGA) looks at the current ‘fitness for purpose’ of the Information, Advice and Guidance services provided to young people in the 14-19 context.

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13/10/2010
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Learning From Serious Case Reviews

Every case of fatal child abuse or neglect in England is subject to a multi-agency Serious Case Review (SCR). The purpose of these reviews is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This report by the Universities of Warwick and East Anglia looks at the analyses used and their validity and usefulness in order propose any appropriate amendments to the ways in which SCRs are conducted and lessons learnt.

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20/10/2010
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Funding Undergraduates

This report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) proposes that students should no longer take out loans or pay upfront for their tuition, and instead proposes a radical new funding system for financing undergraduate degrees at universities. This new model claims to take the best of two existing proposals – tuition fees and a graduate tax – to build a system that creates a fair market to students and universities alike.

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20/10/2010
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Young People and Community Cohesion

If policy is to promote a cohesive society it needs to know what factors explain variations in cohesion. This report by the Department for Education helps fill this gap in understanding by presenting findings from analysis of data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). Using multi-level statistical modelling, it examines the demographic, experiential and attitudinal predictors of community cohesion at the individual, school and district level.

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20/10/2010
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Pupil Absence Figures For Autumn 2009 & Spring 2010

This document by the Department for Education reports on pupil absence in maintained primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies across autumn term 2009 and spring term 2010. It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the School Census for the two terms combined. The release provides information on the levels of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school, absence by reason and summary statistics on persistent absentees.

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20/10/2010
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Comprehensive Spending Review

The Department of Education is being asked for savings of just one per cent over the four years of the spending review. This includes reductions of a third in the back office administration, sharp cuts in building works, and the abolition of education quangos - the General Teaching Council for England, Becta, and the Qualifications and Development Agency. However, the schools budget is actually being increased from £35 billion to £39 billion a year. But universities in England are to face a 40% cut to their teaching budgets and colleges a 25% cut.

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20/10/2010
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