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Issue LB.79

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The Impact Of League Table Reform On Vocational Education In Schools

This research, supported by the Edge Foundation, and carried out by IPPR, shows that 60 per cent of schools are either planning to cut the provision of vocational qualifications or have already done so. This is despite 85 per cent of school leaders agreeing that vocational qualifications are valuable for their students.

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30/01/2012
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More Great Childcare

This new report by the DfE sets out the plan of action by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare on how the Government will achieve its vision of a dynamic childcare market, delivering high quality early education. The report incorporates the Government’s response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s independent review Foundations for Quality.

Date:
30/01/2012
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Estyn Annual Report 2011-2012

In its annual report, Estyn said fewer schools achieved good or excellent inspections compared with last year. Estyn said there are some strengths across the board in Welsh schools but there was also too much unevenness. One in every seven secondary schools was considered excellent, but equally, one in every seven was deemed unsatisfactory.

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30/01/2012
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How English Schools Can Work With Parents To Keep Them On Track

This new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the real challenge for disadvantaged young people is achieving their aspirations. It argues that schools and policy-makers in England put a lot of effort into ‘raising aspirations’ to increase achievement among disadvantaged pupils, but this is based on false assumptions about low aspirations. The real challenge for disadvantaged young people is achieving their aspirations. Schools should focus on keeping pupils’ aspirations on track. Working with parents is a highly effective way of doing so.

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30/01/2013
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Unleashing Greatness: Getting The Best From An Academised System

Set up by the Pearson Think Tank and the RSA to examine the long term impact of academisation on educational outcomes, the Academy Commission’s report argues that the Government must apply a more systematic approach towards implementing the next phase of the academies programme as well as a forensic focus on teaching quality if its transformative potential is to be truly realised.

Date:
06/02/2013
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Children and Families Bill

The new Children and Families Bill includes reforms to adoption, family justice, an overhaul of Special Educational Needs, reinforcing the role of the Children’s Commissioner and plans to introduce child-minders agencies. It also includes the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees, and proposals to allow parents to choose how they share up to a year’s leave to look after their new-born children have been announced.

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06/02/2013
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Key Stage 4 Policy Reform And Its Potential Impact On At-Risk Young People

This NFER paper, published in parallel with the Department for Education's consultation on reform of key stage 4 qualifications, argues that robust evidence from research could help prevent hundreds of thousands of young people from disengaging. Current policy dialogue is incredibly positive in terms of giving all young people, whatever their background, the chance to succeed, but unless policymakers listen to the research evidence, the opposite may happen.

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06/02/2013
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Family Stressors And Children's Outcomes

This research aimed to identify the family stress factors and parental behaviours that were associated with worse children’s outcomes at age 7 and those family factors and parental behaviour that helped children to succeed. It also set out to identify whether stressful life events experienced at different periods of childhood were associated with worse outcomes in adolescence.

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06/02/2013
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Reform of the National Curriculum in England

On 7 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Education announced a public consultation on the draft National Curriculum which will run until 16 April 2013. The consultation also asks for views on proposals to dis-apply aspects of the current National Curriculum from September 2013, so as to give schools greater flexibility as they prepare to teach the new one, and on plans to replace the existing ICT curriculum with a new computing curriculum.

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13/02/2013
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From GCSEs To EBCs: The Government’s Proposals For Reform

This is the House of Commons Education Committee report on reform of the National Curriculum which, together with Ofqual's input, brought about the changes announced by the Secretary of State on the future of qualifications, school league tables and the national curriculum.

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13/02/2013
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Poverty And Low Educational Achievement In Wales

On average about 17 per cent of Welsh children live in relative poverty, using the percentage of children receiving free school meals (FSM) as an indicator. This new study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that future Welsh education policy should emphasise parental involvement, extra-curricular activities and mentoring. The Welsh education system should combine both learning- and teaching‑focused interventions and student-, family- and community-focused interventions.

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13/02/2013
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Generation Y: The (Modern) World Of Personal Finance

This new study by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) looks at the personal finance habits of young people between the ages of 16 - 25. The two key issues discussed in the report are: who is responsible for teaching young people about personal finance and what will the financial landscape of the future look like? The results indicate that there is a big need for more financial education in schools, colleges or on the job.

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13/02/2013
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Beyond 2012 – Outstanding Physical Education For All

This Ofsted report makes recommendations for schools and the Department for Education to secure the quality of PE in schools and draws out improvements made to PE and sport over the last four years. The report found that PE is generally in good health. Considerable investment over the last decade has ensured PE is a central part of school life for pupils of all ages. However, in some schools Ofsted found there was not enough physical activity in PE lessons. In more than a quarter of schools, teaching did not improve pupils’ physical fitness.

Date:
19/02/2013
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Family Stressors And Children's Outcomes

This DfE research by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre aimed to identify the family stress factors and parental behaviours that were associated with worse children’s outcomes at age 7 and those family factors and parental behaviour that helped children to succeed. It also set out to identify whether stressful life events experienced at different periods of childhood were associated with worse outcomes in adolescence.

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19/02/2013
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European Survey on Language Competences: Language Proficiency in England

This DfE research summarises the findings from a study that looks to compare the foreign language skills of secondary school pupils in fourteen European countries. The survey’s objectives were to provide information on the foreign language knowledge of pupils in European countries; and to provide context information to policymakers and teachers, covering culture, policies and practices.

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19/02/2013
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Missing Children

Children represented approximately two thirds of the estimated 360,000 missing person incidents in 2009–10. This Ofsted report explores the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard children and young people, including those who are looked after by the local authority, who are at risk of going missing or running away.

Date:
19/02/2013
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