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A New Approach To Special Educational Needs And Disability

The DfE's Green Paper made wide-ranging proposals for radically reforming the current system for identifying, assessing and supporting children and young people who are disabled or have SEN and their families. This report responds to the consultation, sets out the progress made and next steps in taking forward the plans, through legislation and in other ways.

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27/06/2012
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The Evolving Role Of The Local Authority In Education

This DfE report presents the findings from a study which explored how local authorities are evolving and adapting their role to meet the needs of a more autonomous education system. The particular focus of the research has been on ensuring a sufficient supply of school places and tackling underperformance in schools whilst ensuring high standards, and supporting vulnerable children.

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27/06/2012
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NSPCC Concerns About Neglected Children

This NSPCC report shows a sharp increase in neglect cases which is putting additional pressure on already stretched children's services. Its helpline about neglect have doubled over the past two years to reach record levels. The report recommends early intervention as the most effective way of protecting children from neglect.

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27/06/2012
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The Power Of Curiosity

Following a recent CBI report, which found that young people do not have the skills needed for the workplace, this new RSA research identifies curiosity as the vital attribute in stimulating future innovation in British industry. It argues that more than a focus on the three Rs is needed to meet the needs of British businesses in the future: we need to move away from knowledge based, target-focussed education in order to encourage more innovation and creativity.

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27/06/2012
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The Administration Of Examinations For 15-19 Year Olds In England

This report by the Education Committee on the administration of examinations for 15-19 year olds in England says that the quality of GCSE and A-levels had been adversely affected by a system which allows competition between exam boards and that boards should be stripped of their right to decide the content of examinations. Instead MPs favour the introduction of national syllabuses. They hope this will prevent boards from lowering the quality of exams in the fight for more market share.

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05/07/2012
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Independent Review Of Early Education And Childcare Qualifications

This independent report by Professor Cathy Nutbrown shows that equipping staff with the right skills is the key to ensuring better quality early years education. The report sets out 19 recommendations to improve the quality of the early years sector and ensure all young children receive a high standard of care and education.

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05/07/2012
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Socio-Economic Gradient in Teenagers’ Reading Skills

This new research from the Institute of Education has revealed that there is a yawning gap in attainment between even the ablest children in the highest and lowest socio-economic groups. The author, Dr John Jerrim, examined the reading scores of pupils in 23 countries. The report shows that the reading skills of the highest-performing English and Scottish 15-year-olds from disadvantaged families are, on average, more than two years behind those of the most able pupils from privileged backgrounds. The gap in England is 2.5 years and in Scotland 2.75 years.

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05/07/2012
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Evaluation Of The City Challenge Programme

This DfE research sets out the findings of an evaluation of the City Challenge programme 2008-11, and a retrospective review of the London Challenge 2003-08. The aims of the evaluation were to assess: the City Challenge programme in relation to its key objectives, the efficacy of different approaches to the improvement of school performance, and schools systems in conurbations.

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05/07/2012
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Dealing with parental complaints

Parental complaints are becoming more common both in the state sector and in the private sector. As parents become more and more aware of the meritocratic society that we live in, and the importance of a sound education for their children, they are increasingly inclined to take action against issues that may arise at schools. This article sets out the different ways to challenge schools in the two different sectors mentioned above, and the potential remedies that might be available. It is important to note that school complaints are distinct from any appeals that might arise internally at school against, for example, a permanent exclusion.

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05/07/2012
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School Commissioners Developing A System Of Great Schools In England

This RSA report highlights important issues about how and to whom schools should be accountable. It concludes that governmental distrust of poor and mediocre local authorities has meant that responsibility for overseeing academies and the creation of new free schools has been centralised to the DfE.

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12/07/2012
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Educating the Highly Able

According to The Sutton Report, by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, England’s teenagers are just over half as likely to reach the highest levels in maths in international tests as students from other developed nations. It advocates that highly able children should be identified in tests at the end of primary school, and their progress and performance tracked in published secondary school tables.

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12/07/2012
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The School Report 2012

The School Report 2012 by Stonewall is a survey of more than 1,600 gay young people. The report has found that homophobic bullying is still common in many schools and often goes unchallenged by teachers. The research provides clear evidence that in those schools that are taking simple steps to tackle homophobia, pupils are both much less likely to have been bullied and much more likely to feel happy and welcome in their schools.

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12/07/2012
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The Church School of the Future

The Church of England is the largest single provider of schools in England with more than 4,800 schools. This report on the future of Church schools by the Church of England’s education division aims to offer a coherent picture of recent policy changes and their implications. It describes the framework within which the continuing work of the Church can be developed and shaped through its schools.

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12/07/2012
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Controlled Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages

This Ofqual report into Controlled Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages follows on from earlier research which looked at teachers’ views of controlled assessment in a range of GCSE subjects. The report focuses on the issues identified in the first report relevant specifically to MFL subjects. The study reveals that most of those questioned had "significant concerns" about the new system, with some calling for a return to traditional coursework.

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19/07/2012
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The Outdoor Environment

This research, by The Learning Escape, looks into the environmental effects that changing learning practices will have on our children and world. The report promotes the concept of Environmental Citizenship in Primary Schools and Early Years settings. It specifically address the long-term benefits for the environment of learning within natural, outdoor space and argues that, without a focused effort on developing a culture of Environmental Citizenship, we face increasing environmental problems and a decrease in the number of people able and willing to work towards a solution.

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19/07/2012
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What Leads To Positive Change In Teaching Practice?

This NFER report is one of a pair of studies that collectively consider creating change in schools through workforce development and maps the key research evidence about what leads to positive change in teaching practice in schools. A number of recent reports have emphasised effective teaching as a crucial element in securing positive outcomes for young people. This study aims to review the factors that lead to positive change in teaching practice.

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19/07/2012
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The Finch Report

This report tackles the important question of how to achieve better, faster access to research publications for anyone who wants to read or use them. The Finch report recommends a balanced programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research, and to accelerate the progress towards a fully open access environment. The report recommended extensions to current licensing arrangements in the higher education and other sectors; improvements to the infrastructure of repositories, and support for the moves by publishers to provide access to the great majority of journals in public libraries.

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19/07/2012
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