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Longer-Term Impact Of Safeguarding Children

This National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) research on the Safeguarding Peer Review Programme which supports and challenges councils on their provision of safeguarding services for children and young people tracks the impact of safeguarding children in six councils over a one-year period.

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27/02/2014
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Research Using Social Media

Social media websites offer rich, naturally-occurring data and researchers are using such websites to support their work, such as scraping data from online discussions, mining data from archives, recruiting participants, and interviewing online. Like all research, online and social media research is wrought with ethical dilemmas. This Natcen report presents the findings of exploratory qualitative research conducted by NatCen Social Research to provide detailed insight into how social media users feel about their posts being used in research and their understanding of this type of research.

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27/02/2014
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How To Unlock The Potential Of Digital Technology In Vocational Teaching And Learning

This report by City & Guilds calls on the FE sector to be bolder with its use of technology to transform teaching and learning and ensure students are workplace-ready. The report shows what the vocational classroom of the future could look like, and highlights the benefits to the FE sector of developing and investing in new technologies through a culture of experimentation and collaboration. The report recommends a number of key areas to facilitate better use of technology for teaching and learning.

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27/02/2014
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Moving More, Living More: The Physical Activity Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for the Nation

The UK Government is making a commitment to promote physical activity across the country’s population, as part of the legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the physical activity strand of the legacy is to have a much more physically active nation. The Moving More, Living More initiative looks at what can be done to encourage physical activity at local and national levels.

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27/02/2014
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School Choice Appeals

Under the existing Law parents have a right to decide the school at which they may want their children to attend in accordance with s.9 Education Act 1996. However, this right is subject to limitations - the most common being that the school is full and cannot take any further children. In those circumstances a parent can appeal to the Local Education Authority, and have their case heard before an independent appeal panel.

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27/02/2014
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Banding and Ballots

The number of secondary schools using 'lotteries' and banding to decide which students to admit is on the rise, according to this new report published by the Sutton Trust. The research shows that a small but growing number of schools – predominantly sponsored academies – are using the practices of ability banding and random allocation in their admissions criteria.

Date:
06/03/2014
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Supporting Young People To Participate In Education And Training

This Ofsted report forms part of Ofsted’s work with the Association of Colleges to better understand how to help disadvantaged young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. It has found that young people in London, many of whom are not in education, employment or training (NEET), are being helped to re-engage with study and learning by college teachers and staff. The project forms part of Ofsted’s improvement activity in conjunction with the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) professional engagement with the further education (FE) sector.

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06/03/2014
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2014 Annual Childcare Costs Survey

Many parents in Britain are paying more for childcare annually than the average mortgage bill, with average fees for one child in part-time nursery and another in an after-school club being £7,549 per year, according to the Family and Childcare Trust's annual report. The study is based on information gathered by the trust from local authority family or children's information services in England, Wales and Scotland.

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06/03/2014
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SEN: Preparing For The Future

This report by the local government ombudsman claims that some children with special educational needs are being left without education for significant periods, with pupils unlawfully excluded from school and denied specialist support. Others are having their educational opportunities limited due to long delays in providing support. It urges that children with SEN, and their families, must be treated fairly and receive the support to which they are entitled. It highlights a number of stories from the LGO’s complaints where pupils are being unlawfully excluded from school, being denied specialist support, and many are having their education opportunities limited because of long delays.

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06/03/2014
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Cyberbullying And Children And Young People With SEN And Disabilities

This new guidance by the Anti-Bullying Alliance provides a unique insight into the internet use of children with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) and reveals evidence of cyber-bullying and experiences of discriminatory behaviour.

Date:
14/03/2014
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Impact of School Libraries on Learning

This report by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) suggests investment in school library provision by local authorities and schools can lead to better educational attainment outcomes. It also suggests that school libraries can play a significant role in the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, providing proactive support across the four capacities and cross-curricular responsibilities.

Date:
14/03/2014
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Obesity Impairs Academic Attainment In Adolescence

This new study by Strathclyde, Dundee, Georgia and Bristol universities suggests obesity in adolescent girls is associated with lower academic results during their teenage years. The results suggested that girls who were obese, as measured by BMI (body mass index) at age 11, had lower academic attainment at 11, 13 and 16 years when compared to those of a healthy weight.

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14/03/2014
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Qualifications Matter: Improving The Curriculum And Assessment For All

Labour’s independent Skills Taskforce has recommend major reforms to the 14- 19 education system in this new report aimed at ending the reputational divide between academic and vocational qualifications. It includes introducing a new school-leaver's qualification - a National Baccalaureate - that gives vocational and academic courses equal value.

Date:
14/03/2014
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Online Safety

This report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee recommends stronger action must be taken to protect children from online bullying and pornography.

Date:
20/03/2014
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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.

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20/03/2014
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Reforming Childcare To Support Mothers Into Work

This IPPR report explores the factors behind maternal employment in the UK, and especially the pivotal role of affordable, accessible childcare in supporting mothers who want to work, or to work more, to do so.

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20/03/2014
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Reading Habits Survey

This report by the charity, Booktrust, claims that England is divided into two nations, those who read weekly or daily, and those who prefer TV and DVDs. As a result, it is suffering from a cultural divide with poor adults much less likely to read books than their richer neighbours.

Date:
20/03/2014
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