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Issue LB.84

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Unseen Children: Access And Achievement 20 Years On

Twenty years ago, Ofsted published Access and achievement in urban education, a report looking at seven urban areas with high levels of deprivation, with an update published 10 years later in 2003. This report sets out some of the main evidence that informed the review. It draws on test and examination data, inspection outcomes, and published reports and research.

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27/06/2013
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Religious Education In Secondary Schools

This report covers outcomes including standards in religious education at key stage 3 and key stage 4, attainments in GCSE religious studies, and participation and engagement in learning. It also covers the factors that affect standards, including curriculum planning, teaching, assessment, leadership, improving quality and external influences.

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27/06/2013
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Parental Engagement And Narrowing The Gap In Attainment For Disadvantaged Children

This rapid review by the NFER for Oxford University Press explored parental engagement in education, with a particular focus on closing gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils. The overall message from both reviews is that parental engagement can improve outcomes for children, and that schools and other services can contribute significantly to enabling engagement.

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27/06/2013
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Destinations Of Key Stage 4 And Key Stage 5 Pupils, 2010/11

This Statistical Release on Destination by the Department for Education shows what proportion of students in every state-funded mainstream school, college and local authority in England progressed to further or higher education, or went into employment or training.

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27/06/2013
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Evaluation Of Pupil Premium

This research report, commissioned by the Department for Education, looks at how schools spent pupil premium funds and what they plan to do with funding in future years.

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04/07/2013
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School Teachers' Review Body: 21st report – 2012

This report summarises the findings of the STRB's review of provisions for teachers' pay with a view to raising the status of the profession and improving the standard of teaching in schools. The School Teachers' Review Body's 22nd report recommends a 1% pay award applied equally to all salaries and allowances in payment, and to all points on the pay scales contained in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

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04/07/2013
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Capital Funding For New School Places

This report by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts warns that the quality of children's education may be affected by the dramatic rush to find 250,000 primary school places in England by September 2013.

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04/07/2013
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Evaluation Of The 16 To 19 Bursary Fund: Year 1 Report

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was introduced in September 2011 and provides financial support to young people who face significant financial barriers to participation in education or training post-16. This report presents findings of the first year of the independent evaluation of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

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04/07/2013
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Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey - Pupil Behaviour

This DfE report provides an analysis of the responses to a number of questions covering perceptions of pupil behaviour, the powers teachers have to discipline pupils, challenging behaviour, parents’ respect for teacher’s authority, causes of poor behaviour in schools and managing pupil behaviour. The results are presented by school phase (primary and secondary), by seniority of respondent (classroom teachers or senior leaders), by teacher age group, by years of teaching experience and by gender.

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11/07/2013
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School Food: Head Teachers’ And School Senior Managers’ Perceptions Survey

This DfE report provides the results of a survey of primary and secondary school head teachers and senior managers, to examine their views on, and their school’s policies regarding, school food.

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11/07/2013
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Alone With My Thoughts

1 in 5 children have symptoms of depression, and almost a third (32%) have thought about or attempted suicide before they were 1, according to this report from mental health charity, MindFull. The report includes a survey by YouGov of over 2000 young people which reveals that nearly two thirds of young people believe adding information on mental health to the national curriculum and training teachers would be effective ways to tackle the mental health crisis in the UK.

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11/07/2013
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The New Vocational Currency: Investing For Success

This report by learndirect looks at the development of skills and the value of intermediate level vocational qualifications to both individuals and employers. The report specifically looks at the development of skills at an intermediate level and the value of intermediate (levels 3 and 4) vocational qualifications, as well as leadership and management.

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11/07/2013
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Evaluation of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programme

The aim of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programme is to provide each participating teacher or ‘MaST’ with a Masters-level programme of training and professional support in order that they can carry out their mathematics specialist role working with teachers in their school. This DfE report provides an overview of the implementation and impacts associated with the programme.

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17/07/2013
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More Affordable Childcare

Childcare is a major concern for many families. For families across Britain, finding the right care for their children presents huge difficulties; whether that be availability, price or suitability. Parents often find it too difficult to arrange the right sort of care at the right price. This DfE report sets out the steps the government is taking to address the challenges in providing affordable childcare for parents. It builds on ‘More great childcare’, which was published in January.

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17/07/2013
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The Reading Gap

This report by Dr John Jerrim highlights the gap in achievement between high achieving boys from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better off peers.

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17/07/2013
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The School Food Plan

This report, written by Leon restaurant founders Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, includes a range of actions to drive up standards and divert some of the £1 billion parents currently spend on packed lunches back into the system. The plan of action is designed to improve the quality and take-up of school food and put the kitchen at the heart of school life.

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17/07/2013
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Parents' Views and Experiences of Childcare

This DfE report covers survey findings among 1,000 parents of children aged under 15 in England on how to reduce the costs of childcare for working families and the burdens on childcare providers.

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22/07/2013
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Local Authorities and Child Poverty: Balancing Threats and Opportunities

The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to this research by Loughborough University. The research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shows the cost of child poverty in terms of financial impact on every local authority in the UK.

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22/07/2013
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Does Universal Credit enable households to reach a minimum income standard?

The new Universal Credit (UC) benefit is designed to support households on low incomes and make work pay. This study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at the effect of Universal Credit on work incentives, and whether it enables households to reach the minimum income standard (MIS).

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22/07/2013
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The Future of STEM Education

This National Science Learning Centre White Paper about the future of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education sets out clear recommendations for action in seven key areas; where the support of policymakers will accelerate the improvements in STEM education that have begun in recent years.

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22/07/2013
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