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The Framework For The National Curriculum

This DfE report represents the collective findings and recommendations of the Expert Panel on a range of fundamentally important issues, which are crucial to defining an overarching conception of the purposes, shape, size and structure of the curriculum. The report focuses in particular on a number of recommendations, some of which have the potential to result in radical change to the National Curriculum, beyond change to curriculum content.

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04/01/2012
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ICT In Schools 2008-11

This Ofsted report found that although ICT was good or outstanding in over two thirds of primary schools visited, the position was less positive for secondary schools with just over a third of the secondary schools in the survey judged good or outstanding. Inspectors found that how well pupils did in secondary schools was adversely affected by the lack of challenge for more able students and poor coverage of key aspects of the ICT curriculum.

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04/01/2012
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National Curriculum Assessments At Key Stage 2

This report, published by the Department for Education, shows that three-quarters of children in England who make a slow start in the "Three Rs" at primary school fail to catch up by the time they leave, and more than a third (39%) of pupils who make a bright start are no longer reaching advanced levels when they leave.

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04/01/2012
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Independent Evaluation Of The Linked Pair Of GCSEs In Mathematics

This DfE report is the second of seven formative evaluation reports on the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics. The report focuses on the centres and students who participated and engaged in the pilot, on reported changes to teaching and learning caused by the pilot qualifications and their assessment, and on the extent to which these changes parallel those caused by the introduction of the new single GCSE in mathematics.

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04/01/2012
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Is membership of an academy string always better than going it alone?

The government’s proposals to reform the schooling system have been subject to much review and debate recently, particularly in relation to schools converting to academy status and the creation of so called Free Schools. One of the most often trumpeted benefits is that conversion to academy status will allow schools more freedom as they will not be governed by their local education authority. Equally leaving LEA control can leave schools feeling isolated and lacking in centralised and cost effective support structures. In this context joining forces with other academies or even joining a so called “academy string” or federation can appear attractive. However concerns are now being raised as to whether joining an academy string removes the so called freedom dividend.

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04/01/2012
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Class Size And Education In England Evidence Report

This report gives an overview of class size and education in England. In particular, it considers how class sizes have changed over time; the impact of the increase in birth rate on pupil numbers and how this could affect the teacher requirement and class sizes; and the impact of class size on educational outcomes.

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11/01/2012
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Young People's Education And Labour Market Choices Aged 16/17 To 18/19

There has been a long-term shift towards increased participation in education and entering the labour market at a later age. There are also shorter-term transitory difficulties in the youth labour market associated with current economic conditions. In the context of a difficult 2011 labour market, this report examines the early educational and labour market transitions made by young people, age 16/17 through to age 18/19.

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11/01/2012
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Targeting Children's Centre Services On The Most Needy Families

While continuing to acknowledge the value of ‘universal’ services, The Government has asked children’s centres and local authorities to target services on the ‘most needy’ families. This NFER research aimed to provide local authority early years’ and children’s services leaders, and children’s centre managers with evidence of how children’s centre services are targeting the most disadvantaged families.

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11/01/2012
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Monitoring Poverty And Social Exclusion 2011

This study by the New Policy Institute examines the current Government’s priorities for action. It finds that on a range of education indicators at ages 11, 16 and 19, more pupils are reaching expected standards than in previous years, continuing long-term positive trends. Although closing slowly, the gaps between attainment levels of those on free school meals and other children are smaller than in previous years.

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11/01/2012
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The Way Forward For Computing In UK Schools

This new report by the Royal Society analyses recent declines in numbers of young people studying computing at schools and the reasons for the declines. The report is the result of an 18 month study and follows the Department of Education’s consultation on plans to remove the statutory programme of study in ICT.

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18/01/2012
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The Government’s Response To Next Gen.

This document by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is a government response to an independent review of skills for the UK’s video games and visual effects (VFX) sectors by Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President of Eidos, and Alex Hope OBE, Managing Director of Double Negative. It provides an evidence base for the future skills needs of the UK’s video games and VFX industries.

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18/01/2012
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The impact of Summer Schools on subsequent higher education participation

University summer schools, designed to encourage applications from poorer youngsters, make a significant impact, according to this research by the Sutton Trust. This research compares applications and registrations to UK universities with those who attended the 2008 and 2009 Summer Schools. The study provides strong empirical evidence that summer schools do work.

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18/01/2012
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International Comparison Of Computing In Schools

This NFER survey forms part of a Royal Society project looking at how Computing is taught in schools. The NFER survey focused on ICT and Computing as a school subject in the 5-19 curriculum in a small number of countries or regions outside the UK: Finland, Japan, USA (Massachusetts), Canada (Ontario), and Singapore. Key findings from this survey highlight variability in ICT and Computing education internationally, as well as some areas of common ground. They are potentially useful in informing discussions about how to motivate students to pursue their ICT and Computing education.

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18/01/2012
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Report To Creative Industries Council

This report by Skillset identifies the key challenges facing the creative sector and what needs to be done if it is to fully realise its potential for growth and international competitiveness. The Group identified eight challenges that cut right across the Creative Industries, from industry ownership of investment in skills, to the fusion of creative and technical disciplines in education and the need to cut red tape for businesses employing freelancers.

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25/01/2012
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Choosing To Volunteer

This Ofsted survey evaluates volunteering programmes located within a sample of schools, colleges, and youth and community settings. It reports on the experiences of the young people, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who participate in volunteering programmes. The report finds that by involving young people with their communities, volunteering can provide alternative opportunities for young people to achieve their goals and develop a better sense of civic duty and responsibility.

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25/01/2012
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Arrangements For Pupils' Wellbeing And Behaviour Management In PRUs

This is an Estyn survey of pupil referral units (PRUs) across Wales. It looks at the guidance that local authorities give their PRUs on behaviour management and on restrictive physical intervention and restraint by staff. It also looks at how well PRUs follow this guidance in the way they manage difficult behaviour in their day-to-day work, and the impact of this on the wellbeing of pupils.

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25/01/2012
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Global Graduates into Global Leaders

This research, by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) and CFE Research, explores the topic of global graduate employability and the ways in which UK universities can work with businesses to ensure that future graduates meet the expectations of global and international employers.

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25/01/2012
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