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Inclusion Of 14-16 Qualifications From 2014

'Equivalent' qualifications are to be slashed from more than 3,175 to just 125, and all qualifications will have the same value in the tables. This follows recommendations made by Professor Alison Wolf last year, where she highlighted how the current Performance Table system creates perverse incentives for some schools to put pupils on courses which might boost their Performance Table positions. This publication reports on the inclusion of 14-16 qualifications from 2014.

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01/02/2012
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Performance Tables 2011

The performance tables show that hundreds of secondary schools are failing to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their full potential. Just one in 15 (6.5%) pupils starting secondary school in England ‘behind’ for their age goes on to get five good GCSEs including English and maths. The Department for Education data covers England's more than 5,000 secondary schools, with information broken down by pupil type.

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01/02/2012
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Local Authority And School Expenditure On Education

This SFR by the Department for Education provides details on how local authorities spent their funding on education, children's services and social care responsibilities. It also includes the latest statistics on school balances. It shows that schools are reducing their spending as education funding cuts start to affect budgets. The document also reveals evidence of funding inequality between schools in different authorities and different places across the country, adding to calls to alter the current school funding formulae.

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01/02/2012
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The Changing Schools Landscape

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Education’s recent inquiry into ‘The changing schools landscape: what can maintained schools, free schools and academies learn from one another’ has raised some concerns over the apparent lack of guidance and clarification provided by the government, in many areas. This document reports on the APPG Education meeting.

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01/02/2012
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Advice On Child Internet Safety

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has launched new guidelines for organisations and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to make sure parents and children get quality and consistent messages about internet safety. This guidance draws together the most effective messages for keeping children safe online.

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08/02/2012
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Guide To Mobile Web Safety

With the capabilities of mobile phones increasing, children are using incredibly sophisticated smartphones as part of their daily mobile lives. What this means is that they have the ability to do much more in terms of communicating, socialising, playing, creating and publishing content. This new research by Carphone Warehouse and professor Tanya Byron looks into the mobile Web behaviour of 8 -15 year olds in the UK.

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08/02/2012
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Academic Outcomes In English, Maths And Science In Year 9

This DfE research brief summarises the findings of a study that looked how the relationships between students and their home, pre-school, primary school and secondary school experiences impact their academic attainment in English, maths and science of Year 9 students at secondary school.

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08/02/2012
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Social-behavioural outcomes in Year 9

This research brief summarises the findings of a study that looked at how the relationships between students and their home, pre-school, primary school and secondary school experiences impact their social-behavioural development in Year 9 at secondary school.

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08/02/2012
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Cookies in a Virtual Learning Environment and Other Internet Accessed Services

In case it has escaped your notice, cookies have a meaning beyond the staff room coffee break! Cookies are small files that websites put on a user’s computer hard drive when they first visit the site. The file is unique to that computer and usually that user, except in the case of shared machines. A cookie can serve a number of functions for a website and there are different types of cookies.

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13/02/2012
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GCSE and Equivalent Attainment

This Statistical First Release provides 2010/11 information on attainment for GCSE and equivalent results for pupils attending maintained schools by different pupil characteristics, specifically gender, ethnicity, English as a first language, eligibility for free school meals (FSM) and special educational needs (SEN) at national and local authority level.

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15/02/2012
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Improving the Mental Health of Looked After Young People

This report by mental health charity, YoungMinds, highlights the stigma surrounding the mental health of looked after children and young people. The release of the report follows recent figures that revealed more applications were made recently to take children into care than ever before. Around 60% of looked after young people have some level of mental health problem.

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15/02/2012
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International Perspectives On Mathematics Education

This report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of¬ Arts, Manufactures and Commerce found that many students do not realise that mathematics is necessary for success in a range of higher education subjects such as psychology, social sciences and human sciences. The limited mathematical facility of university teachers also means English universities are not keeping pace with international standards.

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15/02/2012
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Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools

Across OECD countries, almost one in every five students does not reach a basic minimum level of skills. This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study finds countries that stream pupils into ability groups at an early age tend to have lower levels of achievement. The highest performing education systems across OECD countries combine quality with equity. This report presents policy recommendations for education systems to help all children succeed in their schooling.

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15/02/2012
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Educational Reform Survey

This research by Populus looks at public attitudes to the role of free schools, academies and private companies in education. It shows that there is strong unease over educational institutions making profits. Populus interviewed 2,050 adults aged 18+ online between 10 February and 12 February 2012.

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23/02/2012
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Review Of The National Curriculum In England

This DfE report aims to explore and present initial findings on what can be learned from the analysis of curricula of high-performing jurisdictions, in order to inform the development of the new National Curriculum for English, mathematics and science. In particular, issues of breadth, specificity and challenge within each subject are examined in detail to assess what this may tell us in devising a new National Curriculum which measures up to the highest international standards.

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23/02/2012
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Teachers' Perspectives on eSafety

This report provides an analysis of the responses to questions from a bespoke NFER online teacher survey, covering the topics of e-safety, cyberbullying, pupil use of mobile phones and social networking. The survey data provides a nationally representative snapshot of teachers’ views about e-safety. The report, commissioned by the Department for Education, will be used to inform communications about teachers' professional development and content for courses.

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23/02/2012
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Do I Really Need A Degree?

The Impact Of Tuition Fee Increases On Young People's Attitudes Towards The Need For Qualifications. This NFER report explores changes in young people’s responses to questions about whether they think they need qualifications to be successful as well as about their attitudes to staying out of debt and saving money, since the announced increase in tuition fees, and discusses the implications of these results for financial and careers education.

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23/02/2012
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