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Children’s Care Monitor 2011

This 'Children’s Care Monitor' Ofsted report gives nearly 2,000 children’s views about their education in care. The children who took part in the survey were receiving services from 168 different social care services across England. The 2011 report shows that there appears to be a definite and steady change over these four years’ findings.

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29/02/2012
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How Schools Are Responding To New Responsibilities For Careers Guidance

Many schools in England are uncertain how to manage their new duties for career guidance and plug the gap left by local authority cuts, according to this survey by the Institute of Career Guidance. Nearly one in ten are planning to provide no career guidance at all, or simply refer pupils to websites and other online information sources. And one in three are still undecided about what to do.

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29/02/2012
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What Kids Are Reading 2012

This new report, written by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Educational and Social Research, School of Education, University of Dundee and published by Renaissance Learning, shows that the difference in abilities between girls’ and boys’ reading appears to be closing. The report looks at the reading habits of 210,000 British schoolchildren. Although in some academic years girls are continuing to outperform boys, on balance across all years (1 – 11), the reading gender divide is closing.

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29/02/2012
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How Choice Has Declined In Higher Education

The number of full-time undergraduate courses on offer at UK universities has fallen by more than a quarter (27%) since 2006, according to a report by the University and College Union. The research reveals the number of degree courses on offer at British universities has been slashed by more than a quarter in the past six years, with almost 20,000 fewer full-time undergraduate courses available now than there were in 2006. Among the cuts are plans to slash STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – by 14.6 per cent, the very subjects the government pledged to protect this year.

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29/02/2012
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Cultural Education In England

This independent review of Cultural Education in England written by Darren Henley for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education offers a number of recommendations to make England's cultural education "the envy of the world”. His proposals cover all areas of cultural education and are intended to ensure that all children leave school as "well-rounded individuals with a knowledge of the world, past and present, around them".

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07/03/2012
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Music In Schools

This new Ofsted report examining music teaching has found wide differences in the quality and quantity of music education in schools across England. In some lessons, teachers do not play or sing a single note, and inspectors found girls were twice as likely as boys to take part in extra-curricular music in primary schools. The study was based on evidence from inspections of 90 primary and 90 secondary schools from 2008 to 2011.

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07/03/2012
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Early Intervention: Informing Local Practice

Early intervention approaches aimed at improving outcomes for children, young people and families have been a priority for governments over recent years. This report by the National Foundation for Educational Research reviews early intervention approaches and aims to provide guidance to support LAs and their partners in their decision making and planning to improve service commissioning and delivery. Ultimately, this will help to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

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07/03/2012
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Integrating Film into Education

This report by 'Film: 21st Century Literacy' points to and highlights evidence that film education benefits young people. It aims to demonstrate that incorporating film across the curriculum will help children's learning, and also how film education benefits young people socially and culturally. The evidence is used to demonstrate how using film can make a positive impact on behaviour, motivation, and relationships between pupils and staff, and that using film can have a positive effect on teachers and educators' own pedagogy.

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07/03/2012
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A Profile Of Pupil Exclusions In England

This DfE research report presents the findings from a study and analysis of pupil exclusions in the maintained education sector in England. The report forms part of the evidence base provided by the Department to the formal Inquiry into the system of school exclusions in England by the Children’s Commissioner. It includes exclusion rates over time, reasons for exclusions, an analysis of the characteristics of excluded pupils, factors associated with exclusion at school level and conclusions.

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14/03/2012
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Barriers And Facilitators To Pro-Social Behaviour

This DfE report presents an overview of current evidence on pro-social behaviour among young people aged 16-19, drawing together a review of existing literature and analysis of existing secondary data. The main objectives of the research were: to describe overall levels and patterns of engagement in pro-social activity amongst young people, together with differences by socio-demographic characteristics; and to identify underlying motivations for engaging in pro-social activities among young people, as well as potential facilitators and barriers.

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14/03/2012
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Young People’s Views On Leaving Care

This Ofsted report looks at the views of care leavers who had recently left care and those still in care but preparing to leave. Nearly half of those surveyed felt they left care too early and were not prepared well enough to leave. In total, 46% of care leavers thought they were made to leave care too early. As well as this, 49% thought they had been prepared badly or very badly. Typically young people leave home at around 24 years old, but some care leavers in our survey were leaving care as young as 16.

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14/03/2012
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Making the Case for Film Education

This survey of teachers by 'Film: 21st Century Literacy' reports on the current classroom practices involving film; their benefits to pupils, their impacts on pedagogy and what the future of the use of film in education might be. Respondents included primary and secondary teachers, Special Educational Needs schools, home educators and academies. Film: 21st Century Literacy is a three year project funded through a National Lottery grant and delivered by Filmclub, BFI, Skillset, Film Education and First Light.

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14/03/2012
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Moving English Forward

This report sets out to answer the question: how can attainment in English be raised in order to move English forward in schools? It is recommended to all who teach the subject, those who lead the subject, and headteachers of primary and secondary schools. The findings highlight the main strengths and weaknesses in English and draws on this inspection evidence to analyse 10 areas of weakness and recommend appropriate action to improve practice in each area.

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22/03/2012
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Review Of Early Education And Childcare Qualifications

The early years qualifications picture is over-complicated, with significant doubts over whether the content of courses covers the skills and knowledge that people need to work in the sector. This interim report by Professor Cathy Nutbrown explores how to help people working in the early years to improve their skills, knowledge and development.

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22/03/2012
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School Totals

England's faith state schools are failing to mirror their local communities by shunning the poorest pupils in their area, according to this analysis by the Guardian based on Department for Education figures. Non-religious primaries and secondaries are far more likely to mirror the proportion of poor pupils in their postcode.

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22/03/2012
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Gardening In Schools

This new Government-backed Royal Horticultural Society report states school gardening boosts child development; teaches life skills and makes kids healthier and happier. The RHS is part of the Taskforce that compiled the report, which looks at schools in England, to explore and set out the huge benefits to children who are taught how to grow food.

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22/03/2012
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