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The Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People

This report from the children's commissioner for England finds that there is a link between porn and the attitudes and values of young people who see it: Pornography has been linked to unrealistic attitudes about sex; maladaptive attitudes about relationships; more sexually permissive attitudes; greater acceptance of casual sex; beliefs that women are sex objects; more frequent thoughts about sex; sexual uncertainty; and less progressive gender role attitudes.

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30/05/2013
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Improving Literacy In Secondary Schools

This Ofsted best practice report provides strategies for effectively delivering cross-curricular improvement in literacy, drawing on seven secondary schools identified in earlier inspections as being effective.

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30/05/2013
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A Comparison Of GCSE Results And AS Level Results As A Predictor Of Getting A 2:1 Or Above At University

This DfE study looks at how GCSE results compare to AS level results as an estimate of the probability of a student attaining at least a 2:1 at university. The study forms part of the evidence base as to whether AS level results are necessary to predict university outcomes, or whether GCSE results alone would suffice.

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30/05/2013
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Evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check

This first interim report sets out the emerging findings from an evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check, commissioned by the Department for Education and undertaken by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The report provides an overview of participating schools’ phonics teaching practices and the implementation and emerging impacts associated with the phonics screening check.

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30/05/2013
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School Funding Reform: Findings From The Review Of 2013 To 2014

The government started a process in 2012 to reform the school funding system, so it is fairer, more consistent and transparent and so funding intended for education reaches schools and the pupils that need it most. This DfE document sets out the findings from a review into what extent small changes were needed in 2014 to 2015 to move closer to a national funding formula.

Date:
06/06/2013
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The Impact Of The Summer Schools Programme On Pupils

This DfE report looks at an evaluation of the summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils. The main purpose of this initiative is to help those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and pupils looked after continuously for more than six months by the local authority to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school.

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06/06/2013
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National Pupil Survey 2013

Research conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) among over 27,500 children across the UK, shows that nearly a third (29 per cent) of primary school children think that cheese comes from plants, one in ten secondary school children believe that tomatoes grow under the ground, and nearly one in five (18 per cent) primary school children say that fish fingers come from chicken.

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06/06/2013
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Evaluation of Booktime in England 2012-2013

Booktrust commissioned NFER to conduct an evaluation of the Booktime programme in England. The evaluation was designed to build on the findings of previous Booktime evaluations to provide insight into stakeholders’ perceptions of the programme.

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06/06/2013
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Securing The Future Of Higher Education In England

In this IPPR report, the Commission on the Future of Higher Education sets out how Britain can continue to expand and reform higher education, protecting research and learning through austerity while ensuring that the sector is equipped to play a leading role in economic and social renewal in the future.

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12/06/2013
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Statutory INSET In Schools

This report by Estyn examines the use of the five statutory days allocated for in-service training in primary, secondary and special schools. The report includes case studies of best practice. The report is based on evidence from visits to 15 schools, and scrutiny of data and inspection outcomes. The report is intended for the Welsh Government, headteachers and staff in schools and local authorities. It may also be of interest to teacher trainers and to church diocesan education authorities.

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12/06/2013
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An Evaluation Of Poetry Train, 2011-12

This research by NFER shows that student teachers who participated in Poetry Train demonstrated significantly greater improvement in knowledge of and enthusiasm for poetry. Poetry Train was a one year training programme designed by the Poetry Society that provided a poetry intervention to support student teachers who will go on to teach in primary schools. It aimed to improve these trainee teachers’ ability and confidence in the teaching of poetry in order to engage pupils.

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12/06/2013
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What Are Children Doing Online?

This research by Kaspersky Lab reveals that children in the UK are attempting to access pornographic sites more than any other Parent Control restricted site. The company’s recent research reveals that in the first five months of 2013, over 23 per cent of UK children attempted to access a pornographic website. In second place, 19 per cent attempted to visit online stores with social networking sites rating third place with 16 per cent. The research also revealed that children in the UK attempted to access online gaming sites (5.94 per cent) and virtual chats and forums (4.84 per cent).

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12/06/2013
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Why We Are Failing Children With Dyslexia

This report by the dyslexia charity Driver Youth Trust showed that 75% of teachers believe they were poorly prepared for supporting dyslexic children in their first job. Ten per cent of the British population are dyslexic which means that 1 to 2 children in every class suffer from this literacy difficulty.

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24/06/2013
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Science In Key Stages 2 And 3

This Estyn report provides evidence for the Welsh Government in relation to a recommendation from the Enterprise and Learning Committee’s report on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that the Welsh Assembly Government should carry out a study of why science in primary schools may be experiencing a decline. It explores how best to assess science performance in the future.

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24/06/2013
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The Most Able Students

This Ofsted survey was commissioned to investigate why many of the brightest students who go to non-selective maintained secondary schools or academies fail to achieve their potential compared with students who attend many of our grammar schools and independent schools. It also looks at how these students make decisions about university applications and what support they need to be successful.

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24/06/2013
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Low Income and Material Deprivation in the UK

The latest national statistics on Households Below Average Income (HBAI) produced by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that at least one out of every six children in the UK lives in relative poverty.

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24/06/2013
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