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Zero To Eight - Young Children And Their Internet Use

Clear parental guidelines are necessary to protect very young children from the risks of internet use as toddlers and pre-school aged children gain greater access to tablets and smartphones, according to this new report released by EU Kids Online.

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30/08/2013
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2012 Maladministration Report

This report details the range of allegations of maladministration reported to the STA maladministration team throughout the 2012 test cycle. The term ‘maladministration’ refers to any act that could jeopardise the integrity, security or confidentiality of the key stage 2 levels 3-5 and level 6 national curriculum tests, key stage 2 English writing sample tests, key stage 2 science sampling tests and the key stage 1 phonics screening check, and could lead to results that do not reflect the unaided abilities of children.

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30/08/2013
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NEET Statistics - Quarterly Brief

There has been a slight dip in the proportion of teenagers not in education, employment or training (Neet) in England, according to this statistical first release by the government. Statistics for the second quarter of this year, April to June, show the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds who were Neet was 9.1% - 168,000 in total.

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30/08/2013
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How Active Are Our Children? Findings From The Millennium Cohort Study

Half of all UK seven-year-olds do not do enough exercise, with girls far less active than boys, according to this study by the online journal BMJ Open. The paper describes levels of physical activity (PA), sedentary time and adherence to Chief Medical Officers PA guidelines among primary school-aged children across the UK using objective accelerometer-based measurements.

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30/08/2013
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Support for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Approximately 800 million young children worldwide are affected by biological, environmental and psychosocial conditions that can limit their cognitive development. This report by Rand shows that mutual learning and the sharing of best practice on the provision of support for children with SEN are lacking at the European level.

Date:
05/09/2013
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Citizen Schools: Learning To Rebuild Democracy

A 'Citizen School' is a school that explicitly creates a democratic culture through its role as a civic institution. This Institute for Public Policy Research report makes the case for broadening the purpose of schools to include this fostering role, and for understanding that this may in fact enhance academic or vocational purposes.

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05/09/2013
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Good Early Years Provision For All: A Report On Responses

This is an Ofsted report on the outcomes of the consultation regarding the proposals to make revisions to the framework for the inspection of early years providers from November 2013.

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05/09/2013
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Science Education – Have We Overlooked What We Are Good At?

The government's proposed reforms to GCSE science are intended to ensure that England's science provision pre-16 is challenging and that it produces young people with the skills needed for future economic success. This NFER paper warns that in implementing these reforms we may overlook many of the successful features of our existing science provision, and that a scientific approach to the reform of our science curriculum is needed.

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05/09/2013
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Private Schools Vs. State Schools: Is It Simply About The Cost?

According to this research by YouGov, if money was not a consideration, one in three parents (32 per cent) would prefer to send their children to private school over state education, citing superior schooling and a better chance of getting into university as reasons for this. However, when cost does become a consideration, the number drops dramatically down to just ten per cent.

Date:
13/09/2013
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The Changing Educational Environment - Rising To The School Places Challenge

Local authorities are spending £9,000 on every pupil making up for a government funding shortfall, in order to create new school places in London, according to this London Councils report. London Councils represents the capital’s 33 local authorities.

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13/09/2013
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Young People - The Impact On Education And Employment

This report by Crohn’s and Colitis UK demonstrates the impact that IBD can have on young people’s education and aspirations, and how this can affect their careers and working lives. While IBD is a debilitating condition, young people diagnosed with the disease must be supported to ensure that they can complete their studies to the best of their ability and are not excluded from the workplace or discouraged from aiming high in their careers.

Date:
13/09/2013
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Cyberbullying: How Safe Are Our Children?

A report by the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme has found that eight out of ten young people believe that cyber bullying is getting worse. Schools are combating cyberbullying by using technology to encourage students to report incidents of bullying as soon as it happens.

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13/09/2013
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Careers Guidance In Schools From September 2012

Since September 2012, schools have been legally responsible for securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance for all their students in Years 9 to 11. This report published by Ofsted finds that the arrangements for careers guidance in schools are not working well enough. Three quarters of the schools visited for the survey were not implementing their duty to provide impartial careers advice effectively.

Date:
18/09/2013
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Evaluation of the Free School Meals Pilot Impact Report

This DfE report presents evidence on the impact of the Free School Meals pilot on a range of pupil outcomes. The Free School Meals (FSM) pilot was a two-year programme operating in three local authorities between the autumn of 2009 and summer of 2011, to extend entitlement to free school meals. Where all primary school children were offered free school meals, a significant positive impact on attainment for primary school pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 was observed, with pupils in the pilot areas making between four and eight weeks’ more progress than similar pupils in comparison areas.

Date:
19/09/2013
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Talk At Mealtimes

There is a renewed focus on speaking and listening skills in primary schools from September 2014 as part of the Government’s proposals for a revised National Curriculum. The findings in this report from the National literacy Trust show that families can play their part in giving their children a solid foundation in speaking and listening skills by taking simple steps like chatting together at mealtimes.

Date:
18/09/2013
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Barrier to Creativity in Education

This new report by Edelman Berland for Adobe reveals that two thirds (67%) of teachers and lecturers across the primary, secondary and HE sectors in the UK believe that creativity in education is vital to fuel the economies of the future. Despite this, 65% agree there is much more they should be doing to teach creativity, with 68% stating that in order to do this, there needs to be a transformation in the way schools, colleges and universities across the country work.

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18/09/2013
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