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Helping School Chains Address England’s Long Tail Of Educational Failure

This report by James O’Shaughnessy for Policy Exchange claims that Ofsted’s new, tougher inspections could lead to a fivefold increase in the number of schools being told they need to improve. To deal with the chronic underperformance in the system the report recommends that the DfE makes major changes to its policy framework based on Ofsted’s new ‘three strikes and you’re out’ inspection regime.

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24/10/2012
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School Improvement Needs & Practices Of London Primary & Secondary Schools

This report looks into the improvement needs and practices of primary and secondary schools in London. It explores the critical challenges facing London’s primary and secondary schools, with the aim of making recommendations for practical action with key partners including the boroughs, schools and policy-makers. One of the key themes of the Inquiry is educational standards and the quality of learning provision.

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24/10/2012
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EYPS: An Exploration Of Progress, Leadership And Impact

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) was part of a range of measures to develop a more professional early years workforce that would raise the status of work with pre-school children. This three-year study commissioned by the Children’s Workforce Development Council set out to investigate if EYPS was achieving its aims by examining Early Years Professionals’ (EYPs) views on their ability to carry out their roles since gaining Early Years Professional Status.

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24/10/2012
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The Case Against Deregulation And Demand-Led Funding In Childcare

Despite major advances over the last 15 years, childcare in the UK is more expensive and or more variable in quality than in many other European countries. This is especially problematic given the potential of good childcare to overcome early childhood disadvantage and enable parental employment. This IPPR report recommends that the UK looks to Denmark rather than the Netherlands as an example of how our childcare system should be funded and developed.

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24/10/2012
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Education Influence Study

This study, conducted by ResearchBods on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education & Skills Group, examined the main influences on choice of academy, school, college and university among both parents and students. The research is released as Section 29 of the 2011 Education Act comes into force, placing schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils in school years 9-11.

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07/11/2012
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GCSE English 2012

The complexity and poor design of GCSE English exams, along with too much emphasis on school-based controlled assessment, led to some schools in England experiencing grade variations this summer, the exams regulator Ofqual has concluded in this final report.

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07/11/2012
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The BAFTA Career Pathways Survey

This new research report by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) reveals that young people are needlessly being discouraged from pursuing a career in film, television or games – with talented young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and women at particular risk of being lost to these industries.

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07/11/2012
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Rethinking Integration

There has been an enormous amount of academic and policy work on the integration of minority cultural communities, especially certain Muslim communities, into ‘mainstream’ society in the last decade. This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research outlines a potential new approach to integrating different communities and a new direction for research and policy.

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07/11/2012
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The Back On Track Alternative Provision Pilots

This report sets out the findings from research into the Back on Track alternative provision pilots. These projects stemmed from a commitment in the 2008 White Paper, Back on Track: A strategy for modernising alternative provision for young people, to transform the quality of alternative education for those who are excluded from, or who for some other reason are unable to attend school.

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15/11/2012
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Child Abuse Linked To Faith Or Belief

This research paper reports the findings from a review of previous research on 'child abuse linked to faith or belief'. The aim was to carry out a review of literature and to extract messages from the most relevant documents and reports.

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15/11/2012
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Children And Young People’s Views On Independent Visitors

This Independent visitors report by Ofsted and the Children’s Rights Director documents children in care’s views and experiences of having an independent visitor, as well as their views about not being offered one. Although children living in children’s homes were the most likely to have an independent visitor, the majority didn’t have one. The most usual reason for not having an independent visitor is that one was never offered.

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15/11/2012
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Child Development And The Impact Of Maltreatment

This research by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre aims to bring together key research evidence to facilitate understanding among professionals working in the family justice system in areas relating to: neuroscience perspectives on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development; the implications of maltreatment on childhood and adulthood wellbeing; evidence concerning the outcomes of interventions by the courts and children’s social care; and timeframes for intervening and why they are out of kilter with those for children.

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15/11/2012
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The Proof, Promise and Potential of Digital Education

Schools have spent in excess of £1.4bn on digital technology, with little evidence about the impact on learning, according to this new report by Nesta. It says technology has the potential to transform education for the better when it is combined with effective teaching practices. But too often technologies have been imported into classrooms without the necessary changes to teacher practice and school organisation to support them.

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20/11/2012
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What Is The Research Evidence On Writing?

This Department for Education paper reports on the statistics and research evidence on writing both in and out of school, covering pupils in primary and secondary schools. Overall, the evidence indicates that although there has been an improvement in pupils’ achievement in writing, it is the subject where pupils perform less well compared to reading, mathematics and science. In addition, there is a gender gap with girls outperforming boys in all Key Stages.

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20/11/2012
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Transition Of Careers Guidance From Local Authorities To Schools

This NFER study provides case study examples of how local authorities (LAs) are supporting schools in their enhanced role to provide independent and impartial careers guidance to young people in Years 9 to 11. The LAs and schools that took part in this study were identified by the LGA as offering examples of effective practice in terms of meeting the new duty.

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20/11/2012
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Pupils Not Claiming Free School Meals

This Department for Education research report presents estimates of the numbers and proportions of pupils who are entitled to receive free school meals (FSM) but are not claiming. The analysis was carried out using Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Tax Credits and Benefits data alongside information from the Department for Education’s School Census.

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20/11/2012
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