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Issue LB.62

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Independent Review Of Key Stage 2 Testing

The final review by Lord Bew into Key Stage 2 testing, assessment and accountability recommends more data should be published to give a rounded picture of a school's performance, including new measures of the progress of lower-attaining pupils, and is also calling for a greater emphasis on the progress children make from their initial starting points, as well as their overall attainment. Lord Bew also recommends the current creative writing - or composition - test be replaced by teacher assessment.

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28/06/2011
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School Sport Partnerships

This Ofsted report considers the impact of 12 School Sport Partnerships. It identifies key characteristics of good practice and then presents 12 case studies focusing on specific aspects of this good practice. This good practice survey has been carried out so that schools and their partners can learn the lessons of School Sport Partnerships, and apply them in this new environment.

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28/06/2011
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Engineered in Britain

This report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers recommends that the UK needs more investment in engineering level 3 apprenticeships or above, in order to boost the UK’s manufacturing industry and help rebalance the economy.

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28/06/2011
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Parents at the Centre

This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research seeks to understand why some parents who are entitled to use early years services don’t normally do so. More specifically, the research seeks to understand how parents access information that shapes their decision-making about early years provision, and how service providers can better engage with and support parents to meet their families’ needs. The report recommends a number of key policy changes, meant to ensure that early years provision enables children from low-income families to break out of the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage.

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28/06/2011
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Alternative Provision

Education for expelled pupils is set to be overhauled as the government prepares to hand schools the power to arrange alternative learning. This Ofsted report evaluates the use of off-site alternative provision by schools and pupil referral units. Schools and pupil referral units can use a range of alternative provision to try to prevent students from being excluded, or to re-engage students in their education. The report considers what makes alternative provision successful and examines some of the current issues associated with its use.

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15/07/2011
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National Evaluation Of Diplomas

This NFER report contains the findings of research as carried out in the spring 2010, which explored experiences of the second year of delivery of the first cohort of Diploma learners (who started their Diploma in September 2008) who were able to study any of the first five subjects: Construction and the Built Environment; Creative and Media; Engineering; Information Technology; and Society, Health and Development. The evaluation provides policy makers and practitioners with evidence to enable them to make informed judgements about the outcomes of the Diplomas for different stakeholders and to make improvements to design and delivery, if appropriate.

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15/07/2011
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Report Of The Inquiry Into Overcoming The Barriers To Literacy

This inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Education raises concerns that the coalition Government’s focus on phonics will contribute to a decline in literacy standards. The report draws a number of conclusions including the recommendation that a single focus on systematic synthetic phonics is flawed.

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15/07/2011
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Underperforming Schools And Deprivation

This Department for Education report aims to provide a statistical resource for individuals and organisations working with underperforming schools in the maintained mainstream sector, making available detailed data analysis to promote an understanding of the pupils intakes, circumstances and pupil outcomes for below floor schools.

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15/07/2011
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Investigating The Role Of Language In Children's Early Educational Outcomes

This report uses data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and looks at what we know about the early communication environment in a child’s first two years of life, and the role this plays in preparing them for school.

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20/07/2011
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Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: Case-Study Report

The Laming review identified key weaknesses in the way that a range of agencies and individuals, who are separately in contact with a child at risk, share pertinent information with one another. As a consequence, no individual or team has a complete picture of a child’s circumstances. This NFER case study for the Local Government Group, on behalf of Devon County Council, looks at Devon's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) model.

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20/07/2011
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Databank of Independent Evidence on Faith Schools

The Accord Coalition has published this information resource, collating a wide variety of contemporary evidence and research about information on the policy implications of state funded faith schools and their practice. Topics covered in the report include research looking at faith school’s impact upon social and community cohesion, their level of attainment, religious discrimination in employment and admissions, the provision of Religious Education, Collective Worship, Sex and Relationships, as well as various statistical information and opinion polls.

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20/07/2011
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How University Leaders Are Responding To The New World Of Higher Education

This report of higher education leaders by PA Consulting Group summarises and analyses the results of a survey of all UK university vice-chancellors and other heads of UK higher education institutions (HEIs), undertaken in May 2011. It has found that over a third of universities plan to reduce their involvement with government regulated teaching and research and are responding to the new world of higher education by preparing their own development strategies.

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20/07/2011
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