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Issue LB.59

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The Early Years: Foundations For Life, Health And Learning

This independent report on the Early Years Foundation Stage by Dame Clare Tickell recommends that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is radically slimmed down to make it easier to understand, less burdensome and more focused on making sure children start school ready to learn.

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31/03/2011
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Design And Technology In Schools 2007–10

This Ofsted report has found that the curriculum for design and technology lessons in English schools needs to be modernised, and schools must face up to ensure teaching syllabuses keep pace with global technological developments. It added that teachers lack subject specific training and the development of pupils' knowledge and skills is being undermined.

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31/03/2011
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The School Teachers’ Review Body’s Recommendations

The government has published its recommendations on pay for those unqualified teachers who earn a full-time equivalent salary of £21,000 or less. The School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended that a non-consolidated payment of £250 should be made to those unqualified teachers who earn £21,000 or less; that the £250 is pro-rated for part-time unqualified teachers; and that consultation should seek to identify a simple and cost-effective method of payment.

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31/03/2011
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Knowledge, Networks And Nations

This Royal Society report analyses how science is working to solve global challenges, such as food, energy and water security, diseases or biodiversity loss, and how science may work to address them in future.

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31/03/2011
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New Guidance For Tackling Discipline In Schools

New guidance documents have been published by the government for consultation on tackling discipline in schools. The documents summarise the legal powers and duties that govern behaviour and attendance in school and explains how they apply to teachers, governing bodies, pupils and parents. The documents comprise: Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools, Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: Guidance for Governors, Behaviour and Discipline In Schools: Guidance for Headteachers and School Staff, Use of Reasonable Force, Screening, Searching and Confiscation.

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06/04/2011
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Preventing and Tackling Bullying: Advice for School Leaders and Governing Bodies

This government document summarises the legal obligations and powers schools have to tackle bullying both in and outside the school premises, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. It outlines, in one place, the Government’s approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. A final version will be published in July 2011.

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06/04/2011
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Review Of Key Stage 2 Testing, Assessment And Accountability

The Secretary for Education, Michael Gove, appointed Lord Bew to chair an external review into Key Stage 2 testing, assessment and accountability. This interim report by Lord Bew outlines the evidence and ranges of opinion that have been heard so far. This progress report does not include any recommendations. They will be outlined in the Final Report.

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13/04/2011
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Social Work Assessment Of Children In Need

This review of research was funded by the Department for Education with a view to gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the quality of assessments and outcomes for children in contact with children’s social care services. The review identifies the increasing range of knowledge and skills needed when undertaking assessments, and highlights factors that contribute to or inhibit effective practice and the production of high quality assessments.

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13/04/2011
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Social Mobility, Careers Advice & Alumni Networks

This report was commissioned by Future First and conducted by YouGov on the views of 6 to 19 year olds on their views about the careers advice they had received while at school and how that advice had helped them develop their subsequent career. Based on the report findings, Future First is petitioning the government to provide an alumni careers service in every school in the country.

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13/04/2011
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Impact of New Technologies in English Maintained Schools

This BESA report shows that it is likely that there will be significant differences between those emerging technologies that enhance and replace technology (e.g. tablets replacing netbooks) and those technologies that are a new way to teach and learn (e.g. learning platforms), but that do not necessarily replace any existing technology (e.g. learning platforms). In addition, new technologies that replace solutions with a cost-effective alternative (e.g. cloud-computing) are likely to do well, while technologies that enhance, but do so at a higher cost (e.g. large LCD displays replacing IWBs) are more likely to struggle to compete.

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13/04/2011
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How do pupils progress during Key Stages 2 and 3?

The Department for Education has previously published a series of publications showing pupils’ progress between Key Stages in schools in England, successively highlighting variations in progress between schools and pupils with differing characteristics. This report considers progress within Key Stages, measured on a termly basis by teacher assessments from a sample of schools in England. The principal aims of this paper is to answer questions about when progress in reading, writing and maths is made and whether the amount of progress depends on the starting level a pupil has already achieved at the outset.

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21/04/2011
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Consulting With Children And Young People On Child Poverty

This National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report reveals the reluctance of some children and young people to apply the terms ‘poor’ and ‘poverty’ to their own circumstances, even when they realise that their families are struggling financially and in need of support. The term poverty tends to be applied only to those in very extreme circumstances, for example, the homeless and those experiencing famine in other counties.

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21/04/2011
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Pupils Living In Poverty

This survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that many students are living in poverty and come to school hungry, tired and in clothes that need replacing. The ATL surveyed 627 primary, secondary, sixth form and further education staff working in state and independent schools and colleges in England, Northern Ireland and Wales during March 2011.

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21/04/2011
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Evaluation Of The Implementation And Impact Of Diplomas

This is the second in a series of surveys by the government investigating higher education institutions’ views and experiences of the Diplomas, first introduced in schools in September 2008. Telephone interviews were undertaken with PVCs and HoAs. In addition, entry requirements were investigated for a range of 271 separate undergraduate courses which appeared to provide potential pathways from the first five Diploma subject areas.

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21/04/2011
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