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Issue LB.82

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Always Someone Else’s Problem

This report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner which looks in detail at the issue of illegal exclusions from school and what needs to change to improve things. These illegal exclusions are affecting a small, but significant minority of schools. It is of particular concern that many of those who are illegally excluded also come from the groups suffering inequality, coming from particular ethnic backgrounds, or having special educational, behavioural or other needs. The report provides quantitative evidence from teachers and school leaders about the scale and nature of illegal exclusions from schools in England.

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02/05/2013
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Falling Through The Net - Illegal Exclusions

This report for parent carers by the disabled charity, Contact a Family, reveals that disabled children are routinely illegally excluded from school - sometimes on a daily or weekly basis. For disabled children who already need more support than their peers, this withdrawal of education is having a devastating impact on their progress and attainment, as well as their mental health.

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02/05/2013
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Personal, Social, Health And Economic Education In Schools

This Ofsted report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in primary and secondary schools in England. It is based on evidence from inspections of PSHE education carried out between January 2012 and July 2012 in 50 maintained schools and on evidence from an online survey of 178 young people conducted on behalf of Ofsted between October and November 2012.

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02/05/2013
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A snapshot of responses to the National Curriculum Consultation

The Government launched its review of the National Curriculum in January 2011, with the aim of improving the educational outcomes for children and giving teachers greater freedom over how to teach. On 7 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Education announced a public consultation on the draft National Curriculum which ran until 16 April 2013. So what is the feedback so far from the History Association, the PHSE association and numerous other primary associations? This brief provides a summary of the main responses to the National Curriculum consultation proposals.

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02/05/2013
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Detoxifying School Accountability

In his Demos report 'Detoxifying School Accountability,' James Park seeks to grapple with the fundamental issues of assessment and accountability in education, arguing that current measures are detrimental to the development and learning of children and young people. He makes the case that assessment in schools should be centred around qualification choice and that inspection should be a more inclusive process involving parents, teachers, students and inspectors themselves, with the aim of increasing accountability for all stakeholders.

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08/05/2013
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Improving Secondary Teaching To Outstanding

This research report from the CfBT Education Trust has identified six common characteristics amongst schools which have raised the standards of their teaching and learning to outstanding. The report reviews current UK research and makes recommendations for moving to the highest stage in teaching quality, based on interviews with university-level experts and the findings of a number of in-depth case studies at secondary schools.

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08/05/2013
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Perceptions of A levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications

New research by Ofqual into perceptions of secondary school exams in England suggests many teachers, heads and parents lack confidence in GCSE grades. A detailed survey of 4,686 people for exams regulator Ofqual suggests less than two-thirds felt that at least 75% of GCSE students were graded correctly. Overall faith in GCSE exams appears to have been significantly affected by last year's English GCSE grading row.

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08/05/2013
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Competing Globally

This report by Hobson publishes data on prospective international student behaviour and decision making. It reports that there is a perceived threat to the UK from courses in English in non-English speaking countries and government initiatives in Canada and Australia to attract more international students. The data comes from over 70,000 prospective international students who had enquired to UK universities within the last two years about their perceptions and expectations of study in the UK.

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08/05/2013
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Capital Funding For New School Places

The Department for Education has increased funding for new school places, but there are indications of real strain, with 256,000 new places still needed by 2014/15. This report by the National Audit Office assesses whether the Department is securing overall value for money. The report covers school places for 4- to 16-year-olds.

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15/05/2013
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Outcomes Associated With The BTEC Route Of Degree Level Acquisition

This report by London Economics, commissioned by Pearson, analysed a number of issues associated with the acquisition of BTEC qualifications. It found that university graduates who only studied vocational qualifications at sixth form or college were more likely to be in employment than their peers who had studied purely academic qualifications like A-Levels.

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15/05/2013
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Indicators To Identify The Disengaged

This NFER research explores ways to further improve the system of identification of young people at risk of disengagement from learning but who do not face multiple and complex barriers. It provides new evidence which will inform the development of practical tools to support practitioners to identify and understand the reasons why young people disengage.

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15/05/2013
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Proposal For A General Data Protection Regulation For Business

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) appointed London Economics to undertake a study to objectively evaluate the potential implications of the draft proposals for a new EU data protection legislative framework. The purpose of this study is to provide independent and objective research to further the ICO’s understanding of the potential implications of the Commission’s new data protection proposals to businesses and other stakeholders.

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15/05/2013
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Evaluation of the Languages Support Programme in Teaching Schools

Languages education in England faces a major challenge to raise the status of languages in the school curriculum and improve young people’s foreign language proficiency. The Languages Support Programme was delivered by the CfBT Education Trust on behalf of the Department for Education from January 2012 to March 2013. This NFER report provides an evaluation of the implementation and the impacts of the programme.

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23/05/2013
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The Student Academic Experience Survey

Which? partnered with the Higher Education Policy Institute to conduct the most comprehensive survey yet into the student academic experience. As previous HEPI surveys showed, the findings from the 2013 Which?/HEPI survey again reveal that there is no sign that as students pay more they are receiving more for their money, and that is reflected in a sharp increase in the proportion of students who feel that they are not receiving good value for money.

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23/05/2013
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Mental Distress Survey

New research conducted by the NUS has found that of 1,200 higher education students surveyed, 20 per cent consider themselves to have a mental health problem, while 13 per cent have suicidal thoughts. The main causes of this were found to be course work for 65 per cent of respondents, exams and study were a cause for over half, with almost as many citing financial difficulty.

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23/05/2013
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Silently Stressed - A Survey Into Student Mental Wellbeing

The general perception of student life being a carefree, social and relaxed time of life is hugely misguided, according to this report by NUS Scotland, which conducted research into student stress and support. The survey was completed by over 1800 students from 19 colleges and 15 universities across Scotland. The survey asked students to identify which issues caused them stress while studying, where they would turn to for support and what, if anything, acts as a barrier to them in coming forward for support for a mental health concern.

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23/05/2013
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