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Issue LB.91

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From Classroom To Career: Driving A Generation

Today’s secondary school pupils are being let down by careers services that are not equal to the task of helping them navigate the increasingly difficult transition from school to work. This IPPR report shows how closer collaboration between local schools and businesses offers mutual benefits, and can help guide young people towards rewarding careers. The findings show the importance of educating young people early on about both careers and the educational choices they need to make in order to realise their ambitions: it is an issue for pre-GCSE ages as well, not one that simply begins at the age of 16.

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30/01/2014
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Private Fostering: Better Information, Better Understanding

This Ofsted report has identified several ways in which arrangements for collecting and managing information about private fostering could be improved so that, nationally, we would have a better understanding of this area. Current requirements for authorities to make an annual review of their arrangements could also, with some adjustments, be more effective in improving quality.

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30/01/2014
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School Performance And Parental Choice Of School

There is continuing concern among policy makers about the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers. Since families making the identified choices are often thought of as coming disproportionately from disadvantaged families, this has a direct bearing on understanding this issue. This DfE research looks into parents ability to choose schools for their children and its effectiveness within the current school system.

Date:
30/01/2014
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Using Evidence in the Classroom: What Works and Why?

This research by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) looks at effective approaches to the creation of a more evidence-informed teaching profession. It draw together recent UK evidence, identifies factors that enable effective use of evidence within schools; discusses ways in which evidence is being produced and used in practice; and analyses evaluations of the effectiveness of different approaches to evidence use.

Date:
30/01/2014
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Women In Scientific Careers

This new report published by The House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee highlights the gulf between senior female professors and their male counterparts and recommends that universities must do more to retain women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers. The UK needs to recruit hundreds of thousands of engineers over the next few years, which will require talented engineering academics both to equip these engineers with the right skills but also to conduct important research and development activities. The quota of women engineers and women engineering academics remains alarmingly low.

Date:
06/02/2014
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Child Poverty In Scotland

In the last decade, child poverty in Scotland has fallen by around twice the level in England. This report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation asks: What can we learn from this and what are the future challenges for poverty in Scotland, regardless of its constitutional future?

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06/02/2014
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UK Application Rates By Country, Region, Sex, Age And Background

This UCAS report shows that applications to universities in the UK have risen by 4% compared with this time last year. There are warnings that men are becoming a "disadvantaged group" in terms of going to university because they are less likely to apply than women. The figures, from Ucas, show 87,000 more women than men applied this year.

Date:
06/02/2014
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Career Guidance in Colleges

This report from the Association of Colleges shows many students are not receiving high-quality careers guidance. The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of increasing and extending the co-location of the National Careers Service with Colleges; explore how increased co-location of National Careers Service provision could provide opportunities for closer working between Colleges, schools and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) initiatives; and identify the potential for the development of College-based career hubs.

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06/02/2014
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Violent Video Gaming And Moral Reasoning In Adolescents

Regular exposure to violent video games makes it difficult for children and teenagers to tell the difference between right and wrong and weakens empathy for others, according to new research by Brock University in Canada.

Date:
13/02/2014
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Sound Foundations

This report from Oxford University looks at what current research tell us about the quality of early childhood education and care for children under three, and provides recommendations for policy and practice.

Date:
13/02/2014
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Employer Engagement In Education

This report was undertaken for CfBT by the Education and Employers Taskforce. It reviews existing and new evidence about how employer engagement can improve on the learning and progression of young people. The report highlights clearly the need for schools and colleges to embrace a broader range of employer engagement activities, and provides new perspectives in setting out the high value of employer engagement as a means of providing young people with access to reliable information which has the potential to influence thinking and behaviour.

Date:
13/02/2014
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School-Level Strategies to Raise Aspirations of High-Achieving Disadvantaged Pupils

This DfE research looks at the most effective ways of encouraging high-achieving, disadvantaged pupils into higher education.

Date:
13/02/2014
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Introducing Generation Citizen

Today’s teenagers are more socially active than previous generations, challenging false stereotypes by throwing themselves into charity fundraising and community projects, according to this new study from NCS and Demos.

Date:
20/02/2014
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Review of Quality of Marking in Exams

Ofqual has published an in-depth review into the quality of marking. The report makes several clear recommendations, which will improve the quality of marking for GCSEs, A levels and other academic qualifications. The report also highlights a number of areas where improvement is needed.

Date:
20/02/2014
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Catch Up Numeracy

This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Fund and its evaluation of the Catch Up Numeracy Intervention. Catch Up Numeracy is a one-to-one intervention for primary school children who are struggling with numeracy. It consists of two 15-minute lessons per week for up to 30 weeks, usually delivered by teaching assistants. The intervention is aimed at primary aged children struggling with mathematics.

Date:
20/02/2014
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Using Money And Information To Boost Children's Chances Of Educational Success

A fascinating insight into the advantages professional parents are able to gain over other more disadvantaged families in the school system, such as living in the right catchment areas, employing tutors and ensuring their children enjoy expensive enrichment activities.

Date:
20/02/2014
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