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A Profile Of Teachers In England

This research by the Department for Education presents a broad selection of insights from the teacher workforce. It provides an overview of the whole school workforce in England, as well as detailed analysis about teachers, their pay, classifications, qualifications, ‘teacher wastage’, and the relationship between teacher pay and subjects taught.

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06/10/2011
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The STEM Cohesion Programme

The NFER was commissioned by the DfE to evaluate the impact of the STEM Cohesion Programme on schools, colleges and stakeholders. This is the third and final report produced by the evaluation. It provides an update on the initial reports and synthesises key evaluation findings and trends over the past three years of the evaluation.

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06/10/2011
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Impact Of Creative Partnerships On Attainment And Attendance

Creative Partnerships is the Government's creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and achievements, and opening up more opportunities for their futures. This nfer research presents findings from the 2011 study to explore the evidence of the programme's impact on young people’s attainment and attendance.

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06/10/2011
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Guardian Teacher Network Survey

This survey by The Guardian Teacher Network reveals what almost 2000 teachers think about working in the UK education system. The survey provides an valuable insight into the thoughts of teachers working in the UK education system today and shows that, while teachers love their profession, they are struggling under the weight of external pressures from parents and the government.

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06/10/2011
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The Draft Framework For School Inspection

Ofsted has announced its new arrangements for inspecting schools from January 2012. Ofsted will focus more extensively on the quality of teaching when judging the quality of schools, with inspectors spending most of their time in classrooms. Inspections will now focus on four areas, replacing a list of 26 separate assessments. There is also a move away from looking at the social context and deprivation of a school's intake. Instead of measuring the so-called "contextual value added" inspectors will look at the "value added" of how much progress pupils make from when they arrive in the school.

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13/10/2011
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Evaluation Of The Impact Of Federated Schools

This survey evaluates the impact on provision and outcomes for pupils where leadership responsibility is shared between federated schools. It looks in particular at a sample of schools that are in federations which have one governing body and in the majority of cases, share a headteacher or an executive headteacher. It also considers the path taken by schools that make the decision to federate and to share leadership in this way. The report on school federations concludes that they improve school performance and increase pupil happiness.

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13/10/2011
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Best Practice In Parental Engagement

This DfE report presents a review of studies of interventions aimed at supporting and improving parental engagement in the education of children aged 5-19, which also offer evidence on educational outcomes. The overall aim of the review is to highlight findings and conclusions from the evidence reviewed and to identify key themes and messages for practitioners and school leaders.

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13/10/2011
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Influence Of Parents & Poverty On Educational Attitudes

Low aspirations among young people and their families in disadvantaged areas are often seen as explaining their educational and work outcomes. This study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation demonstrates that barriers to achievement vary significantly among deprived areas as different factors combine to shape ambitions, and shows that the difficulty for many young people is in knowing how to fulfil their aspirations.

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13/10/2011
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DRUG TESTING – What can you do?

The education environment is realising the increasing use of illegal drugs in the wider community. The latest report on substance abuse amongst teenagers in England, published in July 2010, reported widespread use of drugs amongst children as young as 11 and 15 with as many as 22% of pupils reportedly having taken drugs. Further, it is reported that 250,000 students have taken drugs in the last month and 450,000 students have taken drugs in the last year. This legal briefing looks at the potential legal pitfalls that befall institutions around the use of drug testing.

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13/10/2011
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Pupil Absence In Schools In England

This Statistical First Release (SFR) reports on absence in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England in autumn term 2010 and spring term 2011. It provides information on the levels of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school, persistent absentees, on absence by reason, and absence by pupil characteristics. The statistics show an increase in the number of unauthorised absences in England for the last full academic year.

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19/10/2011
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How Can Schools Inform And Listen In A Digital Age?

This report, commissioned by the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning, and published by the family support organisation, Family Lives, urges schools, Ofsted and Government to consider ‘safe’ ways of sharing the views of existing parents and pupils on a wide range of issues within the school community. The report has found that parents are hungry for information on a wide range of issues to help them exercise choice and support their children’s learning. Parents interviewed are calling for more meaningful, regular and comparable data both at school and pupil level, as well as the power to act on any concerns they might have.

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19/10/2011
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Exploring Young People's Views On Science Education

This report draws together research commissioned by the Wellcome Trust aiming to provide a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education, particularly regarding the value young people place on science education, as well as the key factors determining their continued engagement with formal and informal science education.

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19/10/2011
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Allegations Of Abuse Against Teachers & Non-Teaching Staff

The Department for Education commissioned York Consulting LLP to conduct research into the scale and nature of allegations of abuse made against teachers and the processes for handling these at the local authority and school level. This research brief presents the interim findings of the research.

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19/10/2011
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Trends In Education And Schools Spending

After a decade of rapid growth in funding schools and universities, the UK is now facing the largest cut in education spending over any four-year period since at least the 1950s. Education spending is set to shrink in real terms over the Spending Review period, according to this report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. The cuts will be deepest for capital spending and higher education, followed by 16-19 education and early years’ provision. Schools spending is relatively protected, and schools with the most deprived intakes are likely to see real-terms increases in funding. However, the majority of schools will see real-terms cuts.

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26/10/2011
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Police Officers In Schools

This NFER study looks at the growing role of police officers in schools. The study explores the range of ways that police are working with schools, the impacts of this kind of work, the challenges experienced and the key ingredients for success.

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21/10/2011
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GCSE And Equivalent Results In England

This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCSE examinations and other accredited qualifications in 2010/11. It includes information on the Baccalaureate and Academies performance.

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26/10/2011
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Recommendations Arising From Serious Case Reviews 2009-2010

This small study presents a critical, thematic analysis of recommendations from 33 of the serious case reviews (cases of child death or serious injury through abuse or neglect) completed in 2009-2010. The central aim of the study was to consider what part recommendations can play in aiding agencies and individuals to learn lessons to improve the way in which they work both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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26/10/2011
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