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Impact of Technology on Children’s Attainment in English

This review considered the impact of ICT on children’s attainment in the key curricular areas of Reading, Spelling, Writing and Speaking and Listening. The review examined research published since 2004 which considered how technology may be used to support the learning of English in children aged 5-16 years. International studies have been included in this review to enable consideration of all evidence. Studies that used matched or within group designs rather than randomised designs have also been included for completeness.

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05/01/2011
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National Curriculum Assessments At Key Stage 2 In England

The Department for Education has published Statistical First Release (SFR) data that shows the percentage of pupils achieving below level 3 in Key Stage 2 tests by local authority (LA), government office region (GOR) and gender. The data shows that one in 11 boys in England - one in seven in some areas - starts secondary school with the reading skills of an average seven-year-old. This equates to nearly 19,000 boys.

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05/01/2011
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Impact Of Technology: Value-Added Classroom Practice

This report extends Becta’s enquiries into the ways in which digital technologies are supporting learning. It looks in detail at the learning practices mediated by ICT in nine secondary schools in which ICT for learning is well embedded.

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05/01/2011
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Estimate Of Tuition Fees

This analysis, by the University and College Union, reveals that English universities will have to charge average fees of almost £7,000-a-year to replace lost income from public spending and tuition fees.

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05/01/2011
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Teachers' Workload Diary Survey 2010

Teachers’ workload is a common reason for teachers leaving the profession. Since 2000, the average hours worked per week has fallen for most grades of teacher in maintained primary, secondary and special schools; however the average number of hours worked per week has remained high. This Survey provides independently collected data on hours and working patterns in maintained schools in England and Wales. The 2010 survey was commissioned directly by the DfE.

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10/01/2011
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Nursery Education Research Review Report

High quality nursery education is essential for the early educational development of young children, according to the findings of this new research report commissioned by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS). The report also highlights the vital importance of proper teacher involvement in the nursery setting, particularly as Scotland moves to a new seamless 3-18 model under the Curriculum for Excellence.

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10/01/2011
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Opinion Poll On Free Schools

This YouGov survey, commissioned by the NUT, of parents in the 22 local authorities where the proposed 25 Free Schools are scheduled to open shows a clear rejection of the Government’s flagship education proposal. The vast majority of parents surveyed are happy with the standard of education their children receive. Overall only 20% believed Free Schools would raise standards and 46% of parents felt there was no need for a new school in their area.

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10/01/2011
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Comparative Study Of Criminal Proceedings For Children

This report has been launched by the Independent Commission on Youth Crime. The report presents an international comparison of responses to offending by children and young people and concludes that restorative justice conferences would be likely to reduce reoffending, improve victims' confidence and result in considerable savings in court time and the costs of custody. The report is based on research undertaken by JUSTICE, the all-party law reform and human rights organisation and The Police Foundation for the Independent Commission on Youth Crime.

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10/01/2011
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Annual Survey Of Senior Staff Appointments In Schools

This 26th Annual Survey of Senior Staff Appointments Report by Education Data Surveys shows record difficulties in recruiting head teachers, with over 30% of primary vacancies unfilled on the first attempt, and posts having to be re-advertised.

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18/01/2011
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Survey Of Teachers 2010

The GTC Annual Survey of Teachers 2010 was designed to explore the key questions of how teachers improve their practice and what supports them to do so, based on a large, nationally representative sample of teachers. This research by NFER explores teachers’ experiences of the different forms of support they receive to help them maintain and develop their teaching practice.

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18/01/2011
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Achievement of 15-year-olds in England

PISA is the world’s biggest international education survey, involving schools and students in over 50 countries, assessing the knowledge and skills of 15 year olds as they approach the end of compulsory education. This report, by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), looks at the achievement of 15 year olds in England in 2009.

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18/01/2011
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Room For Improvement

The government’s schools white paper, The Importance of Teaching, heralds some of the most significant reforms to our schools system in many years. The government proposes to make substantial changes to how teachers are trained and recruited; to reform school funding to channel more resources towards the poorest pupils; to introduce a new ‘English Baccalaureate’ to be awarded to pupils who attain A*–C GCSEs in English, maths, science, a humanity and a modern language; and to initiate a wide-ranging reform of the national curriculum. This paper by IPPR focuses specifically on how the measures outlined in the white paper address the attainment gap that exists between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children from wealthier families.

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18/01/2011
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Removing Barriers to Literacy

Delays in young children's ability to speak and listen properly are leaving them struggling to learn to read and write. This Ofsted report looked at the factors that stop children from gaining good reading and writing skills. It concludes that systematic phonics is vital in tackling the issue, but also suggests that barriers in children's communication skills needed to be overcome as well. The aim of the report was to illustrate effective approaches that might help others to improve their practice in literacy.

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25/01/2011
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Children's Experiences Of The Early Years Foundation Stage

This Department of Education project aimed to gather examples of children’s perspectives on their experiences in a range of early years settings, and to consider what these perspectives tell us about the effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Particular consideration was given to play-based learning, outdoor provision and children's participation.

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25/01/2010
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Safeguarding Children - Literature Review

The purpose of this NFER study is to identify any evidence of changes and improvements in safeguarding practice since the Laming review. It distils current learning about the challenges and identifies factors which are supporting improvements in safeguarding work.

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25/01/2010
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Educating The Next Generation Of Scientists

This National Audit Office report has found that the Department for Education has made good progress in improving take-up and achievement in areas such as A-Level maths and GCSE Triple Science. However, there has been less success in increasing the number of science teachers, improving take-up of A-Level physics and raising the standards of school science facilities.

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25/01/2010
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