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Interventions To Prevent Youth Crime And Anti-Social Behaviour

This Department for Education review is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the key characteristics of what works in terms of early interventions to prevent or reduce youth crime or anti-social behaviour. By drawing on evidence from international literature the review is able to provide a critical evaluation of youth crime interventions in England.

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01/06/2011
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Teaching Approaches That Help To Build Resilience To Extremism

This NFER report, commissioned by the Department of Education, presents the findings from a large-scale, in-depth research study into teaching methods - knowledge, skills, teaching practices and behaviours - that help to build resilience to extremism. The focus is on teaching methods to be used in a general classroom setting rather than as part of interventions targeted at those deemed at risk of extremism. The primary aim of the research was to provide a strong evidence base for schools and other education providers to help them adopt and commission the appropriate interventions to build resilience to extremism.

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01/06/2011
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Consultation on the Changes to the Admissions Framework

The Department for Education has published and put out for consultation a proposed new School Admissions Code to make the school admissions process simpler, fairer and more transparent for all parents. The proposed changes would see two new codes created. Together the two slimmed-down documents will contain around half as many requirements. The consultation also asks whether Academies and Free Schools should be able to prioritise children receiving the pupil premium, as announced in the Schools White Paper last year.

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01/06/2011
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Autonomy & Accountability: New Horizons for New Academies

There has been a surge in schools seeking academy status, as more schools are hoping to take control of their budget and buying decisions. This Capita report underlines the critical role information plays in ensuring academies succeed and emphasises that academies have a greater responsibility to demonstrate that they are making a positive contribution to their pupils’ academic achievement. The report includes contributions from Dr John Dunford, Chair of Whole Education and former General Secretary of the ASCL and many of the new style academies.

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01/06/2011
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Bailey Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood

This independent report on the sexualisation of children is recommending a number of tough measures to help protect youngsters. Among them is a ban on explicit adverts near schools, an age rating for music videos and a call to stop selling provocative clothing aimed at pre-teens. The review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood was commissioned by the government and carried out by the Mothers' Union.

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08/06/2011
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Evaluation Of Every Child A Writer

The University of Exeter and the National Foundation for Educational Research were commissioned by the Department for Education, to conduct an evaluation of the Every Child a Writer initiative. The study employed quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate impact and explore process and practice over the second year of the project. This report focuses on the findings from the classroom observation and writing samples collected in ten case study schools.

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08/06/2011
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Careers Education And Guidance

The Institute of Career Guidance (ICG) is warning MPs and Lords that the proposed changes to the way that careers guidance is delivered in England will lead to young people being deprived of essential support at a time when they need it the most. This ICG paper provides research evidence from over 20 studies demonstrating the critical importance of careers guidance to young people’s futures, the clear links to participation in education post-16 and the consequences of compromises on quality.

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08/06/2011
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Accelerating performance 2010-11 Towards Maturity Benchmark

This study, originally commissioned by Becta, is the fourth in a longitudinal research series looking at the trends in the use and implementation of learning technologies in the workplace. The report shows clearly that a mature use of innovative and technology-enabled learning has been measured to deliver on average: 18% cost savings, 22% reduction in study time, and 2x volume of learning delivered.

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08/06/2011
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The Mathematical Needs of Learners

This report, published by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, analysed the mathematical content of a range of university courses and found that 210,000 students out of the 330,000 that are studying courses requiring mathematical knowledge beyond GCSE do not have these required skills, causing problems for the students and universities alike. There is also a second report on Mathematics in the workplace and in Higher Education.

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15/06/2011
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Schools Engagement With The 2012 Olympic And Paralympic Games

This Department for Education commissioned research explores whether schools and colleges were using the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to help deliver their objectives for School Sport and Physical Education (PE), and if so how.

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15/06/2011
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Achievement For All National Evaluation

The aims of this national evaluation project by the Department for Education were to examine the impact of Achievement for All (AfA) on a variety of outcomes for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and to find out what processes and practices in schools are most effective in improving these outcomes. The findings presented in this report are derived from data collected during the first year of the project.

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15/06/2011
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Ofsted Strategic Plan 2011–2015

This Strategic Plan by Ofsted sets out its vision, values and priorities, and the measures by which it can be held accountable. It focuses on what it needs to do over the next four years to continue to raise standards and improve lives. A final version of the plan in the autumn will be published in the autumn.

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15/06/2011
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Young People Absent From School Due To Bullying

This research was commissioned by Red Balloon Learner Centres to produce an estimate of the number of young people of secondary school age (aged 11-15) frequently absent from state school because of severe experiences of bullying. No accurate estimate of the size of this population currently exists, as existing research on bullying focuses on estimating its prevalence within schools.

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22/06/2011
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Young People, Alcohol And Influences

This Ipsos MORI report presents the findings from a major study of young people and their relationship with alcohol, and explores the wide range of influences on their drinking. It found that children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves and shows that the habits of parents are particularly powerful in influencing under-age drinking.

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22/06/2011
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Poverty And Ethnicity

This paper by Joseph Rowntree Foundation summarises the results of scoping work on how poverty and ethnicity interact, prior to the launch of a major new programme of work on the subject. It summarises current evidence on poverty and ethnicity in six areas: education, work, caring, social networks, the role of places and inequality within ethnic groups - and identifies key gaps where greater understanding could support more effective action on poverty across ethnicities.

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22/06/2011
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High-Performing Students From Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Some students from disadvantaged backgrounds are high performers in PISA despite the odds being stacked against them. This 5th edition of PISA in Focus examines these students' profiles and explains possible reasons why these students do well.

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22/06/2011
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