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Issue LB.60

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The Voice Of The Child

This Ofsted report provides an analysis of 67 serious case reviews that Ofsted evaluated between 1 April and 30 September 2010. The main focus of the report is on the importance of listening to the voice of the child. Previous Ofsted reports have analysed serious case reviews and identified this as a recurrent theme which is considered in greater detail.

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26/04/2011
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Every Child Counts: The Independent Evaluation

Every Child Counts (through the Numbers Count intervention) provides intensive support to the lowest-achieving Year 2 children. Children are taught on a one-to-one basis by a specialist teacher for half an hour a day over the course of a term. This evaluation brings together the results of two randomised controlled trials that assessed the impact of receiving Numbers Count teaching in comparison to not receiving the intervention and secondary data analyses that analysed the impact of receiving the wider Every Child Counts programme.

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26/04/2011
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NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey

The Academies Act has made provision for the establishment of ‘free schools’ - additional maintained schools that do not replace existing provision and are set up by parent groups, teachers charities and other organisations. Opinions have been polarised on the impact of these structural measures on the educational outcomes of the most disadvantaged pupils. This report by the Sutton Trust provides an analysis of the responses from 2,199 teachers to questions asked by the researchers.

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26/04/2011
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Preventative Work In Schools And Other Educational Settings In Wales

This review by the National Foundation for Educational Research looks at school based work to address domestic abuse and preventative work in schools and other educational settings to address domestic abuse. It incorporates a literature review around what works well in terms of initiatives to address domestic abuse, identifies examples of good practice and makes recommendations on the key components of a successful programme.

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26/04/2011
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Children And Young People's Views Of Education Policy

Children and young people spend around a third of their waking hours at school. They are the end users of education. The quality of education they receive will affect their chances in life more than almost anything else. Given their experiences, they are arguably more knowledgeable about what happens in schools than many in the adult world who are engaged in policy debates about education. This research by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) examines what young people think of their time at school, and what they think the Government and others with influence and power should focus on.

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05/05/2011
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Survey of School Leaders - Spring 2011

The English education sector is going through a time of great upheaval. Schools are being offered new options at the same time as being affected by reduced local authority support. This survey by The Key gives a detailed picture of school leaders’ reactions to the choices they are currently facing and how they might ensure that their pupils receive the best outcomes possible.

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05/05/2011
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Community Cohesion And PREVENT (open access article)

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 placed a new duty on the governing bodies of maintained schools in England to promote community cohesion. This report presents the findings from research commissioned by the Department for Education to assess the effect on schools and local authorities of implementing the duty to promote community cohesion and the extent to which schools are aware of, and undertaking activities to contribute to, the Government’s PREVENT strategy.

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05/05/2011
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Evaluation Of Find Your Talent

The Find Your Talent (FYT) programme comprising an entitlement to five hours per week of high-quality cultural experiences. The intention was to help ensure children and young people stay on the path to success by participating in positive activities and experiences which develop their talents. This report by the Department for Education provides an overview of the main findings of the FYT programme evaluation. The aim of the evaluation was to assess the impact of the programme and to construct the evidence for future investment.

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05/05/2011
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CBI / EDI Annual Education & Skills Survey 2011

This CBI / EDI annual Education & Skills survey shows that employers are concerned with the basic skills levels of school and college leavers, and that young people are not in a position to make informed choices about their future career because of inadequate advice in schools and colleges. The report findings are echoed in the OECD PISA survey which shows that between 2000 and 2009 secondary school pupils in the UK fell in international rankings for reading, maths and science.

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12/05/2011
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Anti-Bullying Strategies In Schools

This Department for Education project aimed to examine which strategies schools in England use to deal with episodes of bullying, which are supported by local authorities, why schools choose these strategies, and how choice of strategy varies by sector and type of bullying. It also aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of strategies, from the perspective of the anti-bullying lead, pupils and other school personnel.

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12/05/2011
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Governance Models In Schools

This NFER report reviews the current model of accountabilities in school governance and considers alternative models that may be appropriate for the schools of the future. The research evidence indicates that the stakeholder model is viewed as the most appropriate model of school governance, although this model was recognised as needing some improvements to ensure flexibility and fitness for purpose in the context of greater school autonomy.

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12/05/2011
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Safeguarding Children Across Services

This Department for Education report provides an overview of the key messages from fifteen studies in a research programme jointly funded by the Department for Education and the Department of Health. It aims to identify how children might be better safeguarded in three key areas: identification and initial response to abuse and neglect; effective interventions after abuse or its likelihood have been identified; and effective inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working.

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12/05/2011
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Early and Multiple Entry to GCSE Mathematics

This report by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) concludes that the increasing trend towards early entrance into GCSE mathematics has a negative effect on almost all students’ mathematical education and recommends that the Government must review the current entitlement to ensure that all students are required to participate in mathematics up to the end of Key Stage 4. In 2010, almost 11% of those sitting GCSE mathematics were aged 15 or younger, compared to less than 5% in 2008.

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18/05/2011
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Evaluation Of The Child Development Grant Pilot

This evaluation report details the learning resulting from the Child Development Grant (CDG) pilot. The CDG pilot aimed to encourage economically deprived and disengaged parents, through (cash) incentives to utilise the services offered by their local Sure Start Children’s Centres.

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18/05/2011
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Local Authority Progress In Tackling Child Poverty

The Child Poverty Act placed a legal obligation on government to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. This NFER report for the Local Government Group (LG Group) assesses the extent to which LAs are progressing with the requirement to complete a local needs assessment and a joint local child poverty strategy.

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18/05/2011
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Working Towards Your Future

This CBI / National Union of Students survey shows that students want universities to better explain employability skills and to provide more support to help them develop these important competencies. The guide explains what employers are looking for in new recruits and provides practical tips to help students meet these requirements.

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18/05/2011
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The Munro Review of Child Protection

This is the final report of the Munro Review of Child Protection, written by Eileen Munro of the London School of Economics for the Department for Education. Professor Munro’s analysis finds that local areas should have more freedom to design their own child protection services and that ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ to child protection is preventing local areas from focusing on the needs of the child. The report makes 15 recommendations to help shift the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised and concerned with compliance to one that keeps a focus on whether children are being effectively helped and protected.

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26/05/2011
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Review of Education Capital

In July 2010, the Government launched a comprehensive review of all capital investment funded by the Department for Education. The overall aim of the Review was to ensure that future capital investment will provide good value for money and strongly support the Government’s ambitions to reduce the deficit, raise standards, tackle disadvantage, address building condition and meet the requirement for school places resulting from an increase in the birth rate. This report sets out the research and analysis that was undertaken and also the recommendations on future delivery models for capital investment.

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26/05/2011
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Drinking Repertoires And Habits Amongst 15-17s

Nearly three quarters (74%) of 15 to 17 year olds don’t like being drunk and over two thirds (68%) feel ashamed of themselves when they drink too much alcohol according to this research by alcohol awareness charity, Drinkaware. The study of 600 15 to 17 year olds also found that a third (36%) of 15 to 17 year olds who have drunk alcohol did so because of peer pressure. But while young people may feel they need to drink alcohol to fit in with their friends, the majority (61%) of their peers only occasionally or rarely drink.

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26/05/2011
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The UK’s Harmful Trade In E-Waste

Unwanted computers are an integral part of the UKs e-waste problem. Many thousands of computers are scrapped and sent to developing countries as e-waste causing significant health and environmental problems for local populations. This report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) shows the on-going problem of the UK’s illegal trade in electronic waste.

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26/05/2011
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