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Consultation on New A Level Regulatory Requirements

This Ofqual consultation recommends a series of sweeping changes to A-levels to address the concern that large numbers of students start university under-prepared for the demands of a degree course. It recommended the abolition of coursework in most subjects and the scrapping of first-year AS-level exams in their current form - including how A-levels and to the AS qualification are designed, assessed and regulated.

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30/10/2013
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Does Money Affect Children’s Outcomes?

Children in low-income households do less well than their better-off peers on many outcomes in life, such as education or health, simply because they are poorer, according to this report.

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30/10/2013
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Review Of Part-Time And Mature Higher Education

Universities UK has published its comprehensive review of part-time and mature higher education. Part-time students are a significant yet often overlooked part of the higher education system, with nearly half a million undergraduates studying part-time in 2011-12, most of them studying vocational subjects and in full-time employment. Yet following a decade of slow decline, the numbers of undergraduates recruited to part-time courses in England fell by 40% over the two years since 2010-11: equivalent to 105,000 fewer students. This report provides an initial assessment of the complex factors behind the fall.

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30/10/2013
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Adult Literacy, Numeracy And Problem Solving Skills In England

The International Survey of Adult Skills in the UK is a survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. It directly measured adults’ skills and also collected a wealth of contextual data about participants’ backgrounds and their use of these skills in work and their day to day lives. Findings from the survey will be used to inform skills policies, to help decide what is working and what changes may need to be made in the future – in England and in other countries around the world.

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30/10/2013
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Making The Links: Poverty, Ethnicity And Social Networks

This research is part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's focus on the links between poverty and ethnicity, and examines how social networks help or hinder people in moving out of poverty. It looks at whether this varies within and between different ethnic groups living in urban and rural England.

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07/11/2013
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An Evaluation Of The Alcohol Education Trust's Intervention In Secondary Schools

This independent evaluation by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) of the impact of The Alcohol Education Trust's Talk About Alcohol materials investigated change over time in knowledge of alcohol and its effects, attitudes and behaviour of approximately 2000 students age 12-14 who used the materials, compared with a group of 2000 similar students who did not.

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07/11/2013
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Closing The Skills Gap

This policy statement by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers sets out a framework that is needed for Government, industry and education to build a coherent strategy and work together to narrow the gap between the demand and supply of engineers. It presents recommendations for action to attract more young people into apprenticeships and engineering degrees, and examines how better co-ordination will also lead to greater retention of engineers throughout their careers.

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07/11/2013
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Parental Views On Education

This YouGov attitudinal survey was commissioned by London Councils of London parents’ attitudes to the new educational system. It reveals that a majority of parents (62%) with children at a free school support councils having a role in dealing with underperforming free schools. This rises to 77 per cent of parents with children in a local authority maintained school who think local authorities should have powers of influence over maintained schools.

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07/11/2013
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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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07/11/2013
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The Entitlements Inquiry

Children in care and young care leavers are getting a raw deal when it comes to getting the support they are legally entitled to, according to this report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG).

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14/11/2013
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Analysis Of Academy School Performance In The 2011 And 2012 GCSEs

This Local Government Association (LGA) report provides a statistical analysis of school level GCSE data. The purpose of the analysis was to determine whether there was any differential progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 that can be associated with schools status. The report highlights analysis undertaken on the 2011 and 2012 GCSE results with future analysis on the 2013 and 2014 results.

Date:
14/11/2013
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Student Perceptions Of High-Achieving Classmates

This study investigated students’ perceptions of their high-performing classmates in terms of intelligence, social skills, and conscientiousness in different school subjects. The results show that high academic achievements in particular school subjects lead to negative reactions in the peer group whereas high achievements in other school subjects result in positive peer reactions. In contrast, the respondents’ gender and the gender of the successful classmates had little influence on student perceptions of high achievers. The results are discussed in regard to their implications for gifted education.

Date:
14/11/2013
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Pupils Missing Out On Education

This Ofsted report examines the experiences of children and young people who are not in full-time education at school. Inspectors found poor quality and insufficient provision for many of these young people as well as incomplete information about it at a local level. The report draws together these findings and also illustrates some of the effective practice seen.

Date:
21/11/2013
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Newly Qualified Teachers: Annual Survey 2013

From February to May 2013, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) surveyed newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who had successfully completed their initial teacher training in England during the 2011 to 2012 academic year. The survey assesses the quality of their initial teacher training in a number of key areas; their induction experiences; and their current employment circumstances.

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21/11/2013
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One-to-one Tablets in Secondary Schools: An Evaluation Study

This report by Tablets for Schools summarises findings from an evaluation study that is looking at the feasibility and educational impact of giving one-to-one Tablets to every child in school. The objectives for Stage 3 were to examine teacher, student and parent engagement, to measure perceived benefits and drawbacks of Tablet use to review the process of introducing one-to-one tablets to a school, and to summarise the global picture of the use of Tablets in education.

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21/11/2013
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No More NEETs: A Plan For All Young People To Be Learning Or Earning

This report by IPPR sets out a strategy for radically increasing the proportion of young people who are learning or earning, by fixing the broken school-to-work transition system and establishing a distinct work, training and benefits track for those aged 18–24. This approach is underpinned by two new initiatives: a youth allowance, to keep young people out of the adult welfare system, and a youth guarantee, to ensure they stay in touch with the labour market. This report also sets out cost estimates for the new proposals and funding measures, including options to further limit or offset costs in the long term.

Date:
21/11/2013
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