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Issue LB.57

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Education Bill

The government's Education Bill sets out details of how it will help teachers raise standards in schools. It includes measures to root out bad behaviour, tackle underperformance and improve the way in which schools are held to account. In addition, the Bill will strengthen teachers’ powers to deal with bad behaviour. It also gives teachers the power to search for any items that disrupt learning, like mobile phones and video cameras, and gives schools the final say in expelling violent pupils and protects teachers from pupils making false allegations.

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01/02/2011
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The Effect Of Text Messaging On Children

This paper, published by Coventry University, reports on an intervention study that considered the impact of text messaging on 9- to 10-year-old children's literacy skills. It shows that amongst children who are new to using mobile phones, use of text abbreviations was related to the development of literacy skills.

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01/02/2011
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Professional Educators & The Evolving Role Of ICT In Schools

Dissatisfaction with the way many government schools perform has led to widespread efforts to change them, and underpinning many of these initiatives is the deployment of expensive and innovative new technologies. This report by the CfBT Education Trust charity, argues that the acquisition of ICT by many schools is based on weak evidence and questions how schools are persuaded to design, buy and implement technology.

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01/02/2011
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Education And Skills Survey 2010

This CBI/EDI Education and Skills Survey outlines what skills businesses look for in employees. It reports that businesses have sent very clear messages to government, schools, colleges and universities on the outcomes that must be achieved for workforce training.

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01/02/2011
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Geography Declining In Schools

This Ofsted report draws on evidence from visits by Ofsted inspectors to look at geography in a sample of 91 primary and 90 secondary schools from 2007 to 2010. It reports on achievement and the quality of provision in geography in the primary and secondary schools visited, and identifies key issues which schools need to consider as they continue to develop their curricula.

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09/02/2011
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The Academies Programme

This report focuses on the performance of sponsored academies; they have performed impressively to date, achieving rapid academic improvements and raising aspirations in some of the most deprived areas in the country. However, there are some emerging concerns, such as signs of potential financial and governance instability. There needs to be a strong framework with which academies must comply to ensure probity and effective governance across the Programme in the future.

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09/02/2011
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Outdoor Science

This new outdoor science report by the Field Studies Council and launched at the House of Commons warns that there is a continuing decline in fieldwork despite its known benefits. The report recognises the need for teachers to be more confident in undertaking learning outside the classroom and urges the Government to develop a programme of teacher training to address this. The six recommendations published in this report are the product of the discussions which involved over 100 participants. As such, they provide a strong foundation for a shared and coherent approach towards increased uptake and improved quality of teaching and learning through fieldwork in science education.

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09/02/2011
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Online Learning For UK Higher Education

A strategic approach to online learning is essential for higher education that meets student needs, according to this report published by the Online Learning Task Force. Universities and colleges need to make online learning a central part of organisational strategies if they are to meet rapidly changing student demands and stay competitive in the global higher education (HE) market.

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09/02/2011
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Marmot Review

Nearly half of children in England are not reaching what teachers consider a good level of development by the age of five, according to the Marmot Review - an independent review commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health - which looked at child development at five as part of its study into health inequalities in the UK. The assessment of children's development is based on their behaviour and understanding. At five, Children should be able to share, self-motivate, co-operate and concentrate by the time they start school. But the research found 44% are not considered by their teachers to have reached that level.

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15/02/2011
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The Power Of Music

Singing in school can make children feel more positive about themselves and build a sense of community, according to this research based on 10,000 children by Professor Susan Hallam of The Institute of Education. To tie in with the launch of Tune In, the national year of music, Professor Hallam has collated current research on music, education and neuroscience to put together a comprehensive picture of the benefits of music.

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15/02/2011
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The New Landscape For University Access

This report summarises the Sutton Trust's position on the Coalition Government's approach to university access. According to the report, in the 25 most selective universities, only 2% (approximately 1,300 pupils each year) of the student intake was made up of FSM pupils, compared with 72% of other state school pupils.

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15/02/2011
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Building Business Through Apprenticeships

This City & Guilds report reveals 89 per cent of businesses see apprentices as key to the future success of their business over the next two years and 52 per cent of those companies who already recruit apprentices believe that they offer greater value than hiring university graduates.

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15/02/2011
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Preparing For Transfer From School To UK STEM Higher Education

This final study in the Royal Society’s ‘state of the nation’ series, assessed participation in science and mathematics in post-16 school leaving examinations and provides the first ever UK-wide investigation into combinations of science and mathematics subjects taken by students completing full A-levels and Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers. The report found that across the UK in 2009, just 17% of 16-18 year olds took one or more science A-levels or equivalent qualification.

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22/02/2011
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Vetting & Barring Scheme Remodelling Review

The coalition government committed to reviewing the Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS) to scale it back to common sense levels. This report is the outcome of that review and draws on stakeholder consultation. It has concluded that employers have a critical role to play in ensuring safe recruiting practices but that this should be supported by a proportionate central barring scheme.

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22/02/2011
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An Investigation Into The Use Of TI-Nspire In Scottish Secondary Schools

This research project by the University of Aberdeen found that the use of innovative STEM-subject resource packages benefitted school pupils’ exploration of STEM subjects. As a result, Aberdeenshire council has invested in mathematics education across all 17 of its secondary schools by purchasing innovative STEM-subject resource packages.

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22/02/2011
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Sure Start Children’s Centres Statutory Guidance

This Department for Education guidance advises local authorities, primary care trusts and Jobcentre Plus on the action they should take to comply with their duties. It will be particularly useful to local authorities, as they work with their local communities to plan future children's centre provision. The guidance includes good practice material which describes actions the Government considers local authorities and their partners could take to meet their duties most effectively.

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22/02/2011
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