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Issue LB.81

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Reducing Risky Behaviour Through The Provision Of Information

This DfE commissioned report from the Centre for Understanding Behavioural Change (CUBeC) explores whether engagement in risky behaviour could be reduced by providing young people with information. The specific forms of behaviour examined are substance use (including smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use), engagement in criminal activity and, where possible, sexual risky behaviour. The population of interest is young people aged 13–19.

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26/03/2013
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The Supply Of And Support For Religious Education Teachers

This report, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group into the supply of and support for Religious Education (RE) teachers in schools, found that a range of contributory factors had led to a lowering of standards of RE in schools. The report includes a review of evidence, key findings and recommendations.

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26/03/2013
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What Kids Are Reading 2013

This new report by Professor Keith Topping looks into the reading habits of over 300,000 students in more than 1,600 UK schools. The report reveals that children prefer more challenging books but are often not stretched enough. While students in Year 3 (aged 7 and 8) are reading books with an average reading age of 8.8, almost a year above their actual age, Year 9 students (aged 13 and 14) are reading books with an average reading age of just 10, up to four years below their actual age. The report found that children’s books with a fantasy or adventure theme were most popular, as were book series and on-screen adaptations of books.

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26/03/2013
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Scaling the Youth Employment Challenge

This report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills highlights the structural barriers facing many young people, whose lack of experience shuts them out of the jobs market, but who cannot gain experience because they cannot find employment. It calls for a radical shift in the way young people are viewed by employers to create a culture where recruiting and developing young people is part of standard business practice in the UK. It says that a Catch 22 situation currently exists of ‘No job, no experience - No experience, no job’, and growth in word-of-mouth recruitment keep young people out of work.

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26/03/2013
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Subject to VAT

In a recent tax tribunal case, VAT was charged on products or services related to education (rather than the teaching itself), such as events, concerts or meals for parents, which has important implications for schools. VAT expert, Graham Elliott from international law firm, Withers LLP, provides an update on the conseqences of the decision.

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26/03/2013
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The Early Education Pilot For Two Year Old Children: Age Five Follow-Up

The original evaluation of the Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children compared the outcomes for children in the pilot when they were aged three with a comparison group of children who were matched on a range of characteristics. It found that for those children who received early years education in better quality settings, the children had a larger vocabulary and more positive relationships with their parents. This report examines children’s outcomes when they are aged five to explore if there are any longer-term benefits for the children who took part in the pilot.

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10/04/2013
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From Boys to Men: Phase 1 Key Findings

This ground-breaking study by Keele University of 13 to 14-year-olds in 13 Staffordshire schools revealed worrying levels of domestic abuse among young people. It found that found that domestic abuse prevention education can be effective in changing girls’ and boys’ attitudes towards domestic abuse and encouraging more of them to seek help. The research found that over half of the 1,203 Year 9 pupils had some direct experiences of domestic abuse, whether as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. While on a date, just less than half of both girls and boys had been abused; a quarter reported carrying out abusive behaviour. In phase one of the study, 1,203 Year 9 pupils, based in 13 schools in Staffordshire, were recruited from schools that had received ‘Relationships without Fear’ (‘intervention schools’) and those which had not (‘control schools’).

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10/04/2013
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From Boys to Men: Phase 2 Key Findings

This document by Keele University reports on the findings of the second phase of The From Boys to Men Project. This entailed thirteen focus group discussions with 69 young people, aged 13-19. The focus groups explored young men’s attitudes to domestic abuse by inviting responses to a government anti-violence publicity campaign and a series of hypothetical vignettes.

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10/04/2013
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From Boys to Men: Phase 3 Key Findings

This document by Keele University reports on the findings of the third phase of The From Boys to Men Project. The aim of this phase of the research was to understand the experiences of young men affected by domestic abuse. Over two thirds of the young men interviewed offered accounts of violence perpetrated by fathers, stepfathers, and boyfriends against their mothers. Some had seen violence that looked potentially lethal, involving strangulation or their mothers having been knocked unconscious. Others knew their mothers had been sexually assaulted by a male partner.

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10/04/2013
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School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2013 and Guidance on School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions

This guidance from the Department for Education advises how to appraise teachers for performance pay from September. Pupils' progress and behaviour are to be used to assess teachers' suitability for performance pay, and annual incremental increases in teachers' pay are being scrapped.

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17/04/2013
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Investigation of Key Stage 2 Level 6 Tests

This research reports presents the findings from at study into how the L6 tests have affected school behaviour towards the most able pupils, why schools are, or are not, entering pupils for the L6 tests; and to assess any areas of potential good practice in relation to the L6 tests.

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17/04/2013
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Review of the Family Fund Trust

The Family Fund Trust helps families with disabled children aged 17 or under, and is primarily funded by the UK Government and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In April 2012, the Department for Education commissioned the Moorhouse Consortium to undertake a rapid review of the FFT. This research report presents the findings of that review.

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17/04/2013
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CEO Perspectives On People: Leadership, Recruitment And Skills

This White Paper from Skillsoft reveals that more than half (54 per cent) of UK CEOs believe the current education system is failing future workers and that a good degree or A levels alone are no guarantee of career success. It found that whilst CEOs valued qualifications in their future managers, they felt the current education system is not equipping future workers with the basic skills that employers need. The study also showed that innovative technologies are starting to impact the workplace. IT- and internet-enabled learning has the potential to transform course delivery.

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17/04/2013
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They Never Give Up On You

Some schools in England are illegally excluding pupils, sometimes permanently, without going through the full formal process, according to this report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner School Exclusions Inquiry. The report calls for the government to investigate the full extent of unlawful exclusions in England's schools, and to recommend measures to prevent them from acting in such a way.

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24/04/2013
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What Works In Enabling School Improvement?

Against a background of increased school autonomy, this NFER research looks at what works in enabling school-led system improvement and the emerging role of middle tier bodies (the diverse range of bodies that operate between schools and central government to support school-led improvement). This includes, among others, local authorities, school clusters, academy chains, Teaching School Alliances, education trusts and partnerships.

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24/04/2013
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Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2012

This new survey by the Scottish government of literacy has found pupils performing well in reading but having weaker results in listening and talking. The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) looked at performance in school years P4, P7 and S2 in reading, writing and listening & talking.

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24/04/2013
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Game-Based Learning: Latest Evidence And Future Directions

The role of video games in teaching and learning is a source of debate among many educators, researchers and in the popular press. This report by Futurelab at NFER provides practitioners, industry and researchers with an up-to-date account of what the evidence tells us about game-based learning and its potential impact on learning and teaching. The review aims to bridge academic and non-academic domains, to provide insights that will be of interest to educators, educational researchers, industry and others seeking to engage in a more thoughtful debate about the types of educational values that can be attached to gaming.

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24/04/2013
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