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Ofsted Annual Report 2009/10

This report sets out the findings from Ofsted inspections of early years and childcare, schools, colleges, adult learning and skills, children’s social care and a range of services for children and their families between September 2009 and August 2010. Highlighted in the media were Ofsted’s findings that pupils at school in England are facing too many dull and uninspiring lessons, due to inadequate or poor teaching.

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01/12/2010
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Choice and Selection in School Admissions

This report by Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson for the Sutton Trust education charity is calling for GCSEs to be taken at the age of 14, with a clearer divide between lower and upper secondary school, since GCSEs will no longer be relevant as end-of-school exams for 18 year-old school leavers. After GCSEs, pupils would specialise in academic or vocational courses until they leave school.

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01/12/2010
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Costs and Benefits of Creative Partnerships

This report by PricewaterhouseCoopers for Creative Culture & Education analyses the economic costs and benefits of Creative Partnerships. The analysis focuses on assessing the costs of delivering the programme and the benefits accruing to two distinct groups: learners and their parents; and schools and the teachers within them. Overall, Creative Partnerships is estimated to have generated or is expected to generate a net positive economic benefit of just under £4bn. In other words, every £1 invested in the programme delivers £15.30 worth of benefits.

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01/12/2010
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Skills For Sustainable Growth

This new skills strategy document by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills sets out the Government’s vision for reform of the Further Education and skills system in order to improve the skills of the workforce, the performance of the economy and engagement in learning.

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01/12/2010
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Developing Leadership

The best leadership in schools focuses on improving teaching and learning with headteachers seeing this as their core business. Common characteristics of the best leadership include honest self-evaluation and leadership shared across the school. This small-scale study by Ofsted identifies the strategies used in 24 successful schools, designated National Support Schools, to develop effective leadership skills and build capacity to sustain excellence.

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09/12/2010
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Preventing Poor Children Becoming Poor Adults

A new strategy to meet the Government’s target of abolishing child poverty is detailed in this report. Commissioned by the Prime Minister the report is published by the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, conducted by Frank Field. The main aims of the Review are to: explore how a child's home environment affects their chances of being ready to take full advantage of their schooling; generate a broader debate about the nature and extent of poverty in the UK; recommend potential action by government to reduce poverty and enhance life chances for the least advantaged; and examine the case for reforms to the poverty measures, in particular for the inclusion of non-financial elements.

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09/12/2010
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Business In The Community

This independent evaluation by Cass Business School, University of London, highlights the strengths of Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) “Business Class” school engagement programme and its impact on participating schools and businesses. The evaluation focused on the North West region, where Business Class was conceived and developed.

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09/12/2010
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Alcohol and Soaps

On average, over a third (38%) of soap air time features alcohol, but the negative consequences of drinking to excess are rarely shown, according to this 2010 Media Analysis by Drinkaware. It finds that British soaps’ current representation of the substantial role alcohol plays in peoples’ lives isn’t too far from reality. People, and particularly children, make assumptions about acceptable real-life behaviour from their television viewing, so it’s important the negative effects of drinking aren’t down-played.

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09/12/2010
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