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National Curriculum Assessments At Key Stage 2 In England, 2012 To 2013

This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides provisional 2013 key stage 2 national curriculum assessment results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level. It shows 1 in 4 struggling with spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also provides provisional figures on expected progress between key stage 1 (typically age 7) and key stage 2 (typically age 11). It includes results from the key stage 2 tests in reading, mathematics and grammar, punctuation and spelling and also on key stage 2 teacher assessments in English, mathematics, science, reading and writing.

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25/09/2013
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The Importance of Rank Position

Children who are top of the class in primary school are likely to do better in exams later on because they are more confident, according to this piece of research.

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25/09/2013
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Pioneering Careers Work In London

This ten point plan to improve careers guidance in London’s schools and get more young people into work has been published by London Council. It provides a framework for leadership and delivery of careers work in schools and colleges and sets out key ways in which schools and colleges can deliver better careers support to their pupils and students.

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25/09/2013
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School Uniform Guidance 2013

This is non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education relates to best practice on developing school uniform policy.

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25/09/2013
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Special Educational Needs and Disability

The area of Special Educational Needs & Disability can be difficult to navigate for schools and parents alike. With the number of children diagnosed with special educational needs ever increasing, a rise in the awareness and understanding of conditions such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is necessary both for schools and parents.

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25/09/2013
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The Framework For School Inspection

The new Ofsted framework sets out how the general principles and processes of inspection are applied to maintained schools and several other types of school in England. It states the statutory basis for inspection and summarises the main features of school inspections carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 from September 2012.

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02/10/2013
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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. However, the new statutory duty for schools to provide careers guidance is not working well enough. Too few schools are providing careers guidance that meets the needs of all their students. This Ofsted report provides a small number of examples of successful approaches in individual schools that have helped students.

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02/10/2013
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One-To-One Tablets In Secondary Schools: An Evaluation Study

This is the second phase of a national research study by Tablet for Schools for Family Kids and Youth (FK&Y), examining the impact of the use of tablets in schools. The results show that tablets can increase pupils’ independent learning, along with encouraging more collaboration with peers. The study also found that teacher knowledge and adequate infrastructure are two determining factors in the success of tablets in education.

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02/09/2013
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Locally-Led Delivery Projects For Raising The Participation Age

This research report by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and Centre for Education and Industry (CEI), University of Warwick presents the findings from an evaluation of the phase 4 locally-led delivery projects for raising the participation age. The research was undertaken with specific regard to the changed economic, social, political, and LA context since the announcement of the RPA policy. It presents a summary of findings emerging from the evaluation of the previous trials and LLDPs to provide some context to the Phase 4 LLDPs.

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02/09/2013
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Too Young To Fail

This new report by Save the Children has found that more than a fifth of children in England have already fallen permanently behind by the age of seven. The charity says being behind at reading, writing and arithmetic at such a young age can prejudice a child’s future earnings, health and, in economic terms, cost the country billions in lost revenue.

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09/10/2013
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Impact Evaluation of the SEND Pathfinder Programme

This DfE report is the second of two volumes containing the evaluation findings from the first 18 months of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Pathfinder Programme. Overall the results show that the new approach can work. The report contains data gathered through a survey of parent-carers, qualitative case studies with families that participated in the pathfinder, a staff work and satisfaction survey and the cost/expenditure and family-related elements of the SQW monitoring tool.

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09/10/2013
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Evaluation of the Work Experience Placement Trials

This DfE summary presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations from an independent evaluation by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) of the Department for Education (DfE) Work Experience Placement Trials. The trials aimed to test different work experience placement models for 16 to 19 year olds.

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09/10/2013
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University Challenge 2013

This study by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers has found that disabled students are struggling to take part in campus life with many universities still failing to offer basic support to help them to do so.

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09/10/2013
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Evangelism In State Schools

This new report published by the National Secular Society has revealed that publicly funded schools are being targeted and exploited by evangelical Christian groups as part of their missionary work.

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17/10/2013
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Child Death Reviews: Improving The Use Of Evidence

The primary purpose of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) is to review individual deaths, to identify modifiable causes to inform strategic planning on how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children in their area - that is, to learn lessons and put the lessons into practice to prevent future deaths. This DfE report investigates how to make best use of the data currently collect by individual CDOPs.

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17/10/2013
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Primary Assessment And Accountability Under The New Curriculum

This DfE consultation on primary assessment and accountability follows publication of the new national curriculum programmes of study, and the announcement that the current system of levels will be removed and not replaced.

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17/10/2013
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Pupil Absence In Schools In England, Autumn Term 2012 And Spring Term 2013

This Statistical First Release by the Department for Education reports on absence in state-funded primary and state-funded secondary schools during autumn term 2012 and spring term 2013, including information on absence by reason and by pupil characteristics. It shows that 335,510 children were off school in England each day – equivalent to 5.3 per cent of the pupil population – over a seven month period.

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17/10/2013
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Religious Education: Realising The Potential

Religious education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. This report identifies barriers to better RE and suggests ways in which the subject might be improved. The report is written for all those who teach RE, for those who lead the subject, and for headteachers of primary and secondary schools.

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23/10/2013
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3D Printers In Schools: Uses In The Curriculum

In 2012 to 2013 the Department for Education looked to explore new and innovative ways of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and design subjects that realise the full potential of 3D printers in the classroom. 21 schools participated in the pilot project to explore the potential benefits of using the device in STEM teaching.

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23/10/2013
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Review Of Contacts To The NSPCC Helpline

Every day the NSPCC’s helpline assists more than 50 children suffering neglect, according to this report by the NSPCC. Last year the free, 24-hour helpline dealt with reports involving 18,345 children who had to be referred to social services or police for further investigation, many of these involved children under five. Around one third of all contacts – by phone, email or text – were about neglect. This report explores the impact of the work of the helpline throughout 2012/13 and the role it has played in the wider child protection system to keep children safe.

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23/10/2013
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Effectiveness Of School-Based Life-Skills And Alcohol Education Programmes

This NFER review on behalf of Alcohol Research UK, explores the impact of school-based alcohol education/life-skills programmes on young people’s knowledge of alcohol, decision-making skills, and alcohol-related behaviour, and looks at which programmes offer the greatest value for money, and the processes that facilitate or inhibit the implementation, sustainability and impact of alcohol education/life-skills programmes.

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23/10/2013
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