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Issue LB.70

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The Church School of the Future

The teaching of Christian values in schools is being eroded by the Government’s “utilitarian approach” to education, according to this report by the Church of England. It criticises a decision to exclude RE from the English Baccalaureate and highlights a decline in the number of new RE teachers being trained. Failure to consider RE in the current review of the National Curriculum is also having a damaging effect on the status of the subject.

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27/03/2012
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Unleashing The Potential Of Academies

This report, published by The Schools Network and the think tank Reform, shows that 95 per cent of academies have improved or maintained their relationships with local schools, and that head teachers want further freedom from central government red tape.

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27/03/2012
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Subject Progression From GCSE To A Level

This DfE research paper provides an analysis of the proportion of pupils taking GCSE and progressing to AS Level in the same subject (i.e. progression rates), focusing on English Baccalaureate subject areas, and then to follow the same cohort through from AS to full A Level achievement.

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27/03/2012
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Effects Of Unitisation In 2009 GCSE Assessments

This report examines whether there are any statistically significant differences between the achievement of candidates who follow a modular GCSE assessment route and those who follow a linear one. It looks at candidates’ results in selected GCSE English, English literature, geography, ICT, mathematics and religious studies qualifications taken in summer 2009.

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27/03/2012
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Fit For Purpose? The Suitability Of A Levels

This Ofqual report finds that academics and teachers back a return to more traditional A-levels, with pupils sitting fewer "module" papers throughout their course. It finds a culture of resits is damaging students' learning and that many academics did not think that new students had the skills needed for degree study. Despite an increase in A-level grade, and higher numbers gaining first-class degrees, universities were not reporting a comparative increase in the abilities of first-year undergraduates.

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04/04/2012
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Influences On Students' Development From Age 11 – 14

This new study published by Department for Education shows that spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, maths and science. The study tracked the progress of 3,000 children over the past 15 years and showed that spending any time doing homework is beneficial, but the effects were greater for students who put in two to three hours a night.

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04/04/2012
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Pupil Absence In Schools In England: 2010/11

This DfE report reveals that almost 400,000 persistently absent children missed at least a month of school in the 2010/11 school year. The statistics also show that children on free school meals, or those with special educational needs, were around three times more likely to be persistently absent.

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04/04/2012
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Art, Craft And Design Education - 2008/11

This Ofsted report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of art, craft and design education in schools and colleges in England. It found that after getting off to a confident early start, pupils’ progress slowed during primary school and was no better than satisfactory at the start of secondary school.

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04/04/2012
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Legal Implications of Exclusions from Schools

Exclusions from School, be they permanent or temporary, have always been governed carefully by the law. This is because the education of children is paramount and the law has always regarded any decision to exclude, as serious. Here, Anita Chopra, Director at education law firm, Match Solicitors, discusses the issue.

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04/04/2012
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School Funding Reform: Next Steps Towards A Fairer System

Since last spring, and the launch of the first consultation on school funding reform, the government has explored in detail how to create a funding system that is fair, logical and distributes extra funding towards pupils who need it most. This DfE report looks at a proposed a model involving a national funding formula for the distribution of funds to local authorities from which each local authority and Schools Forum would agree a formula to distribute funding locally. This model would be clear and transparent, support the needs of pupils and enable schools to make informed decisions about their provision.

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11/04/2012
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Impact Of Changes To A Levels And GCSEs

This DfE report presents findings from the independent evaluation of the impact of changes to A levels and GCSEs in England. The report follows three rounds of fieldwork with case-study centres and wider stakeholder groups designed to ascertain their understanding and perceptions of the changes, and their attitudes towards them. It builds on findings from the statistical data reported on in spring 2011, and reports on early indications of the impact of the changes and the issues that have arisen.

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11/04/2012
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Economic & Social Cost Of Illiteracy

The World Literacy Foundation has released a report that shows that illiteracy is costing the world $1.19 trillion and the hidden cost of functional illiteracy in the UK tops $127 billion each year – the highest in Europe. This report calls for collective global action to eradicate illiteracy in our society. The research highlights the social and economic impact of a person’s inability to read and write. Illiteracy is ruining lives and is linked with an array of poor life outcomes, such as poverty, unemployment social exclusion, crime and long term illness.

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11/04/2012
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Identifying And Reducing Bureaucratic Burdens

The majority of teachers identify at least one bureaucratic burden preventing them from raising attainment and achievement of pupils and standards. This NFER report provides an analysis of the responses from teachers, along with supporting information about bureaucratic burdens and health and safety requirements that have got in the way of teaching or managing at school and/or taking pupils on school trips. The results are presented by school type (main sample and special), phase (primary and secondary) and by teacher seniority level (classroom teachers or senior leaders).

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11/04/2012
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Allegations Of Abuse Against Teachers And Non-Teaching

This DfE research investigates the scale and nature of allegations of abuse made against school teachers and non-teaching staff in schools and the processes for handling these at the local authority and school level.

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19/04/2012
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Apprenticeships For Young People

This DfE report presents some of the common factors that have led to high performance in the work of providers who are extensively involved in delivering apprenticeships to young people. It explains how the providers have successfully recruited young people as apprentices: introducing them to the world of work; supporting them in developing vocational skills and completing their apprenticeship frameworks; and supporting their progression into employment and further study.

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19/04/2012
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Physical Education In Secondary Schools

According to this Estyn report, there has been steady improvement in secondary school pupils’ attainment in physical education. The report by the education and training inspectorate for Wales shows that in 2011, 73% of pupils taking GCSE physical education achieved grades A*-C. This is an improvement from 2010 when 70% of pupils achieved the same grades. In the rest of the UK, only 71% of pupils taking the same course achieved these results.

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19/04/2012
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How To Support Pupils Parents

The national charity for families, Family Lives, working in conjunction with the only independent charity for teachers Teacher Support Network, has launched a new online resource to advise educational professionals on how to better work with their pupils’ parents and where they can go for additional support.

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19/04/2012
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