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Issue LB.74

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Understanding Low and Discontinued Internet Use Amongst Young People

This Oxford University report, commissioned by the Nominet Trust, shows that 10 per cent of all young people aged between 17 and 23 years old rarely use the internet, and challenges the widely-held assumption that all young people are digitally literate and able to navigate the internet meaningfully. It also revealed that some of those surveyed were embarrassed to admit to even friends that they didn’t understand how to use the internet properly.

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31/08/2012
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Higher Education in STEM subjects

The Government in their Plan for Growth attach great importance to education and hi-tech industry in order to create jobs and prosperity. However, there appears to be a mismatch between the STEM graduates that higher education institutes supply and the demand from employers. This report looks at the definition of STEM subjects and the actual skills required to meet the needs of the economy.

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31/08/2012
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Evaluation of the Free School Meals Pilot

This report from the School Food Trust casts new light on the power of school meals to help children reach their potential. The improvements in attainment tended to be strongest amongst pupils from less affluent families and amongst those with lower prior attainment.

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31/08/2012
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Volunteering In Schools

Lower levels of community and parental volunteering in secondary schools could mean pupils are missing out on important additional sources of support and expertise. This NFER report looks at who currently volunteers in schools and in what capacity the volunteers are utilised. The report contains comparisons between school phases as well as highlighting the contrast between the use of parental and community volunteering. Further analyses on whether volunteering is reaching those most in need was also carried out.

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31/08/2012
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The Role Of Aspirations, Attitudes And Behaviour In Closing The Educational Attainment Gap

The relationship between poverty and educational attainment is not fully understood. How can the educational attainment gap be narrowed? Which interventions have successfully improved educational outcomes and which require more supporting evidence? This paper by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines whether the development of children’s and parents’ attitudes, aspirations and behaviours (AABs) for education affect attainment; and considers whether interventions focused on a specific set of AABs can reduce the attainment gap.

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07/09/2012
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Reform Of Provision For Children And Young People With SEN

This new draft legislation by the DfE reflects the radical changes that were initially proposed in the SEND Green Paper to improve the support provided to those children and young people, and to their parents. Proposals to reform provision for children and young people with special educational needs were first set out in the special educational needs (SEN) and disability green paper Support and Aspiration, published in March 2011, and the subsequent Next Steps document published in May this year.

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07/09/2012
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The Future Teacher Workforce: Quality And Quantity

This new report by Professor John Howson, commissioned by the Pearson Think Tank, finds imminent risks to the supply of good quality teachers in England. Analysis of UCAS figures reveals that applications to both undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training have significantly declined in 2012. Professor Howson believes that that this drop in applications is a combination of the increase in student fees and higher entry requirements.

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07/09/2012
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The Outdoor Environment

This new report, published by eco-classroom specialist, The Learning Escape, covers 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 and includes research conducted first hand with headteachers and early years centre managers.

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07/09/2012
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New Learning From Serious Case Reviews

This is the sixth two yearly national analysis of serious case reviews (from 1 April 2009 - 31 March 2011) by the DfE. It produces a number of new insights alongside the recurring messages for practice. It also adds research knowledge of these cases, helping to identify patterns and deviations over time. The overarching aim of the study was to identify common themes and trends across the 2009-2011 review to draw out the implications for policy and practice.

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13/09/2012
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What Do Teachers Think Of Their Unions?

This report, conducted by Cambridge education think-tank LKMco, shows only 51% of teachers thought education in the UK was better as a result of the unions’ work and also revealed that nearly half of teachers surveyed said that their views on unions had changed over the course of the past year, with opinions on the effectiveness of unions swinging dramatically - around half developed more positive views whilst half became more negative.

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13/09/2012
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Local Variations In Youth Drinking Cultures

This study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the lives of young people, aged 15-24, in two study areas located in regions of England where the harm caused by alcohol is markedly different. The aim of the research was to explore whether living in these places influenced young people’s drinking.

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13/09/2012
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Curriculum And Qualification Needs Of Young People At Risk Of Disengagement

This NFER review considers curriculum-related approaches to engaging young people in learning and curricula and qualifications used to engage young people and to facilitate their progression in education, employment or training. It explores what the best available research tells us about the curriculum and qualification needs of young people at risk of temporary disconnection from learning.

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13/09/2012
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Closing The Attainment Gap In England’s Secondary Schools

School improvement policies will not be enough to close the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils in England’s schools, according to this report by the Institute for Public Policy Research. Pupils from deprived areas are about as likely to attend a school rated ‘satisfactory’ or ‘inadequate’ as wealthier pupils are likely to attend a school rated ‘outstanding’. It is therefore vitally important to improve the quality of schools in England.

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19/09/2012
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Report On The Data Protection Guidance We Gave Schools In 2012

This new report, written by the Information Commissioner’s Office, gives practical advice on how to comply with the Data Protection Act to help schools ensure they are handling pupils’ personal information in-line with the law. It was prompted by a survey of 400 schools across nine local authority areas that showed that whilst awareness of data protection laws was generally good, schools need to pay more attention to complying with data protection law.

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19/09/2012
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Young People Who Drink Little Or No Alcohol

What shapes the lives of young non-drinkers in the UK? This study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines the lives and choices of young people (aged 16-25) who drink little or no alcohol. It explores the influences that shape their decisions and how their choices and patterns of consumption affect their lives.

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19/09/2012
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The Digital Campus Report

This new report shows why new tuition fees must drive a revolution in HE digital provision. The study was commissioned by Adobe and produced by research firm OnePoll via an online survey among a total of 1,000 existing and prospective students in the United Kingdom.

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19/09/2012
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