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Reading Difficulties in Secondary School Pupils in England

This report from the Department of Psychology, University of York and GL Assessment summarises the findings of a research study investigating reading skills in secondary school pupils. A key finding is that a substantial proportion of secondary school pupils who experience reading difficulties are not identified on the school register of special educational needs. This suggests that there are problems with the current system of identifying pupils with reading difficulties within secondary schools.

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31/08/2011
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Uncertain Futures

This report by the Institute of Career Guidance indicates that devastating cuts to the careers service in England are putting the futures of young people at risk. Based on a survey of members, it shows not only the extent of redundancies within the careers service, but also the impact this is having on the provision of essential careers guidance to young people at a critical time in their lives.

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21/08/2011
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The Real Cost Of A Degree

With an average annual budget of under £6,000, a significant 57% of students are struggling to make ends meet. Almost one in five students (17%) go so far as to say that they do not have enough money to meet monthly outgoings, according to this latest research from Lloyds TSB. At the same time over half of students (51%) undertook paid work during the last academic year.

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31/08/2011
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GCE A Level Results 2011

This summary, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications, shows that the percentage of students achieving grade A or better at A-level remains unchanged at 27.0 per cent compared with 2010.

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31/08/2011
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Right To Legal Representation At Disciplinary Hearings

Recent years have seen several conflicting decisions about the rights of staff to have legal representation at internal disciplinary hearings. This has caused particular concern in the education sector as a number of the cases have involved teachers and related school staff. This legal briefing looks at the right to legal representation at disciplinary hearings.

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01/09/2011
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Impact Of Public Sector Strikes

Tens of thousands of teachers across the country planned industrial action in June 2011 protesting at the recent Government plans to change the various public sector pension schemes. This legal briefing looks at the impact of public sector strikes.

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01/09/2011
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What is Good Practice in Autism Education?

This new report, commissioned by the Autism Education Trust (AET) and written by Professor Tony Charman and a team at the Institute of Education (IOE), London, has identified the features that represent ‘good practice’ in autism education across a range of settings and approaches. The report - from the IOE’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education - outlines key themes and recommended practices which all schools can adopt to improve their education practice for pupils on the autism spectrum.

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08/09/2011
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Responsive Approaches To Improving Behaviour In Schools

This new report by Barnardo's argues that the new discipline guidelines effective from this September are too simplistic and may even risk making discipline problems worse. A crack down only on the symptoms of children’s bad behaviour would also fail to address the root causes, which all too often lie in a difficult home life and poor parenting.

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08/09/2011
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Transition From A-Levels To Physics And Engineering Degrees

Many science academics feel that new undergraduates in their subjects are entering university ill-prepared for their courses, and not achieving their full potential, because of a lack of fluency in maths. This new report, prepared for the Institute of Physics (IOP) by EdComs, suggests that exams and specifications have weakened the crucial relationship between maths and the physical sciences. The report highlights many academics’ belief that current maths and physics provision at A-level leads to students learning by rote rather than developing their own independent techniques.

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08/09/2011
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Something Can Be Done

Plans have been revealed for a free school staffed by former servicemen and women in Greater Manchester. This report, produced by Mr Burkard and serving officer Captain AK Burk, looks at the proposed "Phoenix Free School" and the military-style discipline that he thinks are necessary because of dissatisfaction with existing schools. A similar project, called Troops To Teachers, has been run by the US Departments of Education and Defence for 18 years.

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08/09/2011
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Smoking, Drinking And Drug Use Among Young People In England

There have been falls in the numbers of teenagers drinking, smoking and taking drugs in England, according to this report by the NHS Information Centre. The report surveyed 7,296 pupils from 246 schools.

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15/09/2011
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Supporting Children With Challenging Behaviour

This Ofsted report examines the use of nurture groups and related provision in infant, first and primary schools. Nurture groups are small, structured teaching groups for pupils showing signs of behavioural, social or emotional difficulties, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress outside of school. The report considers what makes nurture group provision successful and evaluates the impact on the pupils and their families.

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15/09/2011
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The Education Endowment Foundation

This report summarises the key findings from an analysis of the 165,000 disadvantaged pupils (those eligible for free school meals) in English primary and secondary schools that do not meet government floor standards in national exams.

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15/09/2011
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Online Digital Resources In Primary Schools

This Independent research by Lancaster University shows that the early use of digital resources, when embedded into the school’s long term plan, is associated with higher achievement in Key Stage 2 SATs. The independent study found that the use of a high quality digital resource creates a wider and deeper learning experience, which can impact on understanding and achievement when used over a period of time with children.

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15/09/2011
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Practical Experiments In School Science Lessons And Science Field Trips

Students are not receiving the practical science education necessary to produce the next generation of scientists, according to this Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report. It reports that pupils are missing out on science trips because of teachers' misconceived health and safety fears and concludes that many students are receiving poor practical science experiences during their secondary school education.

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21/09/2011
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The English Baccalaureate And GCSE Choices

The Department for Education, through the Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT), commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to undertake a survey to assess the effects of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) on secondary schools in England. By introducing this performance measure, the Government hopes that more pupils will be offered the chance to take a broad core of more traditional academic options.

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21/09/2011
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Key Stage 3 Science Teacher Views Of Teacher Assessment Using APP

This NFER project aimed to find out how teachers perceive the future of APP and its possible impact on teaching and learning. The project was a follow-up to an NFER-funded project that investigated the introduction and implementation of Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) in key stage 3 science.

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21/09/2011
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Good practice by Local Safeguarding Children Boards

In a bid to improve child protection across the country, Ofsted has published this new report highlighting best practices with detailed real life case studies. The report is intended to help Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to reflect on their practice, plan for improvements and learn from the experience of other boards. The report builds on and extends previous research into the functioning of LSCBs by analysing how boards are implementing improvements and assessing how they are beginning to develop methods to measure their impact.

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21/09/2011
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Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Pilot

In the 2010 White Paper 'The Importance of Teaching' the DfE signalled its intent to introduce a Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1 (to five and six year old pupils). The aim of this Pilot was to assess how pupils and teachers responded to different versions of the Phonics Screening Check and its administration. By introducing the Check the Government hopes to identify pupils with below expected progress in phonic decoding.

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29/09/2011
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Young People's Aspirations In Rural Areas

The LG Group commissioned the NFER to research young people’s aspirations in three rural local authorities (LAs): Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cumbria. The aim was to explore the influence and impact of low aspirations. This report presents the findings from this research.

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28/09/2011
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Children Looked After By Local Authorities In England

The latest national statistics on Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England produced by the Department for Education provides information about looked after children in England for the year ending 31 March 2011. The publication also includes information on the number of looked after children who were placed for adoption, the number adopted, the number of mothers who are looked after children and the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC).

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28/09/2011
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Early Repayment Of Student Loans

The Coalition Government's proposals to charge graduates in England for repaying student loans early would be ineffective and costly, according to this CentreForum report. The government is currently consulting on a suggested plan to penalise early repayment, targeting either high earners, large repayments, or both. It wants the penalties to make the system more progressive and says they should not hit those on modest incomes. The new system would come into force from 2012, when tuition fees will increase to up to £9,000 a year.

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28/09/2011
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