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Issue LB.89

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Empowering Teachers: Success For Learners

The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) has called on the Department of Education (DfE) to compile and promote national guidelines for the provision of career-long professional development for mathematics teachers in the UK. The report sets out the priorities for professional development of teachers for mathematics against the changing professional development landscape and makes recommendations for improving professional development for teachers of mathematics, in order to meet the mathematical needs of learners.

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28/11/2013
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Initial Teacher Training Census 2013

The initial teacher training (ITT) census shows that more top graduates are getting into teacher training – one in six trainee teachers starting this academic year have a first-class degree and almost three quarters (74%) have a 2:1 degree or above. This is the highest quality of graduates starting teacher training since records began.

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28/11/2013
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Improving School Governance And Leadership

This CBI report argues that much more is needed to strengthen leadership and governance to deliver a world-class schools system, including an expansion of the right to time off for governors’ duties to be extended to academies and free schools. It warns that if schools are to make the most of their new freedoms, school governing bodies need to improve. A return to local control is undesirable, whereas more effective governing bodies, held to account by Ofsted, could help drive higher performance.

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28/11/2013
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Family Background And Access To ‘High Status’ Universities

At least a quarter of the access gap to the top universities in England, the United States and Australia cannot be explained by academic achievement, according to new research by Dr John Jerrim of London University's Institute of Education.

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28/11/2013
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First Steps: A New Approach For Our Schools

This CBI report assesses the Government’s performance on school reform. Last year, the CBU set out a roadmap of the steps needed to achieve real change. The CBI argues that the UK school systems have for too long tolerated a long tail of under-achievement, the economic cost of which is huge. This report reviews the progress against the recommendations so far - and what still needs to be done to achieve the change needed.

Date:
06/12/2013
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Music To Young Ears - Engaging Deaf Children With Music

This research report, by Music4U, focuses on music making with deaf children under five. Funded by Youth Music's Musical Inclusion programme, the research examined current levels of provision for young deaf children across the Music4U region and identifyied examples of national and regional best practice. The project also sought a better understanding of the benefits of musical engagement for deaf children and some of the new and emerging trends in provision, especially those that are technology-based and that are being developed in the academic sphere.

Date:
06/12/2013
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Wolf Recommendations Progress Report

The Secretary of State asked Professor Alison Wolf to carry out an independent review of vocational education. The ‘Wolf review of vocational education’ published in March 2011, has considered how the DfE can improve vocational education for 14 to 19-year-olds and promote successful progression into the labour market and into higher level education and training routes. This progress report from November 2013 provides an update against each of Professor Wolf’s 27 recommendations.

Date:
06/12/2013
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Closing Doors: Exploring Gender And Subject Choice In Schools

This report by the Institute of Physics claims that state schools make gender bias worse by reinforcing gender stereotypes, and that these schools are failing to counter the idea that certain subjects are for girls and others are for boys.

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11/12/2013
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Maintaining Curiosity: A Survey Into Science Education In Schools

This Ofsted report sets out the findings of a new survey of science in 91 primary and 89 secondary schools, which was carried out between 2010 and 2013. The report is intended to support schools in implementing the new National Curriculum.

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11/12/2013
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The Impact Of Project Maths On Student Achievement, Learning And Motivation

The National Foundation for Educational Research was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), to undertake research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement, learning and motivation. Project Maths is a major national reform of post-primary mathematics curriculum and assessment in the Republic of Ireland for both junior and senior cycles.

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11/12/2013
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Supported Internship Trial For 16 To 24 Year Old Learners With Learning Difficulties And/Or Disabilities

This DfE research report contains the findings from an evaluation of the supported internship trial, which provides a structured study programme for students between 16 and 24 with a learning difficulty assessment (LDA). The programme includes on-the-job training, backed by expert job coaches and complementary college-based learning including access to relevant qualifications, where appropriate.

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11/12/2013
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The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index

This report by The Prince's Trust has found that more than three quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness. The research reveals that long-term unemployed young people are more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in three have contemplated suicide, while one in four have self-harmed.

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02/01/2014
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Effectiveness Of The 16–19 Commissioning Process

This NFER research, commissioned by the LGA, examines councils' views on the current approach to commissioning education and training provision for 16-19 year olds managed nationally by the Education funding Agency (EFA). The research assesses effectiveness and local impact.

Date:
02/01/2014
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Changes to Funding for Special Education Needs

From 2014, parents will have a new right to buy in specialist special educational needs (SEN) and disabled care for children in what is the biggest change to SEN for 30 years.

Date:
02/01/2014
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