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A Comparison Of International Childcare Systems

The effect of early education as a strategy in enhancing children’s educational outcomes and countering socio-economic disadvantage has been well documented. This DfE report by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) looks at comparative international data to identify patterns between different preschool approaches and later educational outcomes.

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01/08/2013
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Evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre

This NFER report explores the impact on students of the subject-specific CPD undertaken by teachers at the National Science Learning Centre, with a particular focus on students’ motivation for, and engagement with, science, student progress and attainment, and participation in science subjects at GCSE and progression post-16.

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01/08/2013
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The Role Of The Family In Facilitating Gang Membership, Criminality And Exit

This report, prepared for Catch22 by London Metropolitan University, explores the role of the family in a young person’s decision to join a gang. The report found that families of gang-involved young people suffer a major source of stress and that the decision to join a gang is due to a broad range of issues, such as having ‘gang’-involved relatives, fatherlessness, domestic violence and parental neglect.

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01/08/2013
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Alive In The Swamp: Assessing Digital Innovations In Education

This Nesta report, from Michael Fullan and Pearson's Katelyn Donnelly, provides an actionable guide to learning technology that will allow founders, funders, and teachers to make better decisions. It identifies persistent gaps in innovation activity and points to what needs to be done if we are to finally make good on the promise of technology to transform learning.

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01/08/2013
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The Impact Of ICT On Pupils’ Learning In Primary Schools

This Estyn report evaluates standards in the National Curriculum subject of ‘information and communication technology’ (ICT) and considers the impact of ICT as a key skill on pupils’ learning across the curriculum in primary schools in Wales. In particular, the report considers the impact of ICT on developing literacy and numeracy skills and on closing the poverty gap.

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07/08/2013
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Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey - Mathematics Teaching In Schools

This Department for Education report into mathematics teaching in schools looks at teachers’ A-level subject qualifications; the hours of time spent teaching in front of a class; teachers’ main teaching subject; and experience of and interest in teaching mathematics.

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07/08/2013
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Evidence On Physical Education And Sport In Schools

This document reports domestic and international evidence on physical education (PE) and sport in primary and secondary schools. The majority of the statistics are taken from the most recent PE and Sport Survey, which was commissioned by the Department for Education, and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Taking Part survey.

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07/08/2013
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Evaluation Of Children's Centres In England

This is the fourth report from the evaluation of children’s centres in England, a 6-year study commissioned by the Department for Education, which aims to provide an in-depth understanding of children’s centre services, including their effectiveness for children and families, and an assessment of their economic cost in relation to different types of services.

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07/08/2013
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Bridging The Gap Between Evidence And Policy In Early-Years Education

This IPPR report reviews the evidence of both the benefits of quality childcare, and the policies which have been successful in improving standards in the UK and abroad. From this body of knowledge it draws 10 lessons for UK policymakers on how our care system can be improved.

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14/08/2013
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International Education Strategy: Global Growth And Prosperity

This strategy report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recognises that independent schools in Britain and British Schools Overseas (BSOs) make an important contribution to the UK’s balance of trade, to supporting internationalism in British universities and in promoting the reputation of the nation around the world. It looks at how the new Education UK Unit will identify opportunities requiring a co-ordinated response – which includes schools, colleges and universities, and the edtech revolution.

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14/08/2013
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Facebook Guide For Educators - A Tool For Teaching And Learning

Facebook has been working with The Education Foundation to launch The Facebook for Educators Guide - to help UK teachers use Facebook in their classrooms. The guide is the culmination of a research project and offers insight and practical advice into how social media can support traditional classroom learning, enable ‘out of hours’ social group learning, facilitate communication between educators, students and parents, and enhance digital skills and citizenship.

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14/08/2013
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National Reading and Numeracy Test Results, 2013

This Statistical First Release provides information for Wales on the standardised scores achieved in the English and Welsh versions of the National Reading Tests and the procedural element of the National Numeracy Tests. The data is presented at Wales and local authority (LA) level. The National Tests were first introduced in schools in May 2013 for all pupils in Years 2 to 9.

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21/08/2013
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Apprenticeship Evaluation: Learners

This report presents the findings of the apprenticeship evaluation apprentice (learner) survey 2012 to 2013. The survey examined the views and experiences of 5,010 apprentices who were currently on an apprenticeship or had finished an apprenticeship programme between August 2011 and March 2012. The research aimed to monitor how far apprenticeships are meeting the needs of apprentices, and to identify potential aspects of the programme for further improvement.

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21/08/2013
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What Makes Effective Place-Based Working?

This paper by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, based on two independent reviews of JRF’s work in Bradford, highlights the challenges for charitable funders and other organisations considering ‘place-based’ work. It recommends that place-based work should have clear aims and involve local stakeholders in programme design.

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21/08/2013
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Why Mathematics Education Needs Whole-System, Not Piecemeal Reform

This paper by NFER argues that proposals to reform mathematics GCSEs run the risk of disengaging weaker students and exacerbating failure rates.

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21/08/2013
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Complying with Exclusion Regulations

The exclusion of children from schools has been a prominent issue in recent months due, in part, to a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dr Maggie Atkinson. Produced in April 2013, the report, titled ‘Always Someone Else’s Problem’, follows a previous paper published last year, ‘They Never Give Up On You’, and examines occurrences of illegal exclusions and the best ways to tackle them. Perry Hill, partner in the education sector group at business law firm DWF, examines Dr Atkinson’s findings, recent changes to the law and how schools can comply with all relevant policies.

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21/08/2013
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