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Issue LB.93

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In The Child's Time: Professional Responses To Neglect

More must be done to identify and respond effectively to neglect at the earliest stages so that the most vulnerable children in our society do not remain too long in families where they come to harm, according to this new report from Ofsted. Whilst in some areas professionals are working well together to protect and support children who experience neglect, the report finds that overall the quality of professional practice is too variable.

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27/03/2014
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Teachers' Workload Diary Survey 2013

The 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey provides independently collected data on hours and working patterns of teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools, special schools and academy schools in England.

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27/03/2014
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Plan A+ 2014: The Unfinished Revolution

This report by independent think tank ‘Reform’ and the education body SSAT looked at the ways in which academies - semi-independent state schools which receive their funding directly and have more freedom over areas including the curriculum and staff pay - are using their powers. It suggests that a number of academies are making traditional academic subjects such as science and languages compulsory for at least some pupils.

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27/03/2014
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Educational Blogs And Their Effects On Pupils' Writing

This research report by the CfBT Education Trust explores the effect that writing on online blogs can have for primary school pupils. The key aim of this study was to explore the differences in pupils' writing on blogs compared to their other writing. The secondary aims were to investigate the potential for using blogging to develop pupils' writing skills and to identify good practice in blogging.

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27/03/2014
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The Twoness of Twos - Leadership for Two Year Olds

This report on leadership for two year olds was commissioned by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to look at how two year olds accessing childcare through the Government’s Two Year Offer can be assured of receiving consistently high quality and care experiences and is intended to inform those responsible for policy decisions at central and local level as well as those leading services and practice.

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03/04/2014
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Sex And Relationships Education (SRE) For The 21st Century

This new guidance for schools by the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association on the teaching of Sex and Relationships Education, provides information to teachers on topics that are missing from current Guidance published in 2000, including issues about pornography, the safe use of technology, sexual consent, violence and exploitation. The Supplementary Advice is supported by the DfE and a range of other government, education and voluntary sector stakeholders including many of the core members of the Sex Education Forum.

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03/04/2014
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The State Of Language Learning In Primary And Secondary Schools In England

This report by the CfBT Education Trust has found that nearly a third of primary school teachers aren’t confident teaching a foreign language. To gear up, teachers will need to quickly find a learning method they’re comfortable with and one that will inspire young pupils. The survey of primary and secondary schools in the state and independent sectors across England has taken place against a backdrop of considerable education reform and provided a unique opportunity to see evidence of the mpact of these reforms on the teaching of languages in our schools as well as to collect the views from teachers of all educational phases about the opportunities and challenges brought out about by changes at national level.

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03/04/2014
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Differences In Degree Outcomes

State school pupils do better at university than independent school candidates who have achieved the same A-level grades, according to this study by the Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce).

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03/04/2014
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Children And Adolescents Who Are The Siblings Of Children With Intellectual Disabilities Or Autism

This report by Professor Richard Hastings from the University of Warwick has identified concerning gaps in research and support for brothers and sisters of disabled people. The review highlights two groups of siblings in particular that need urgent attention: siblings whose brothers and sisters have high levels of behavioural problems, and young carers that care for siblings with a health or disability need.

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09/04/2014
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Schools, Pupils, And Their Characteristics, January 2012

This Statistical First Release (SFR) reports January 2012 findings on the number of schools and pupils in England by their characteristics (eg free school meal eligibility, ethnicity) and on class sizes. If finds that more than 2,700 schools in England will need to improve kitchens to provide free meals for infant school children to meet new government policy.

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09/04/2014
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The Impact Of Independent Schools On The British Economy

Oxford Economics were commissioned by the Independent Schools Council, on behalf of their 1,205 schools in Britain, to assess the economic contribution made by those schools annually. This report shows that private schools contribute £11.7bn to Britain each year, making them more significant for the country’s gross domestic product than the BBC or Liverpool’s economy. The research claims to be the first in-depth analysis of the sector’s value to the UK.

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09/04/2014
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Global Demand For English Higher Education

This Hefce report highlights a notable decline in the number of entrants from South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The number of overseas students generally taking up places at England's universities decreased by 4,595 in one year - the first fall in 29 years.

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09/04/2014
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Teachers’ Standards, Appraisal Regulations And Pay Reform

This report provides findings from the teacher voice omnibus survey run in November 2013 by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER). The survey looked into teachers’ awareness of the new Teachers’ Standards, and their views on appraisal regulations and pay reform.

Date:
21/04/2014
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Achievement Of 15-Year-Olds In England: PISA 2012 National Report

This DfE report shows England’s results in PISA 2012, including an international comparison of reading, mathematics and science attainment of 15-year-olds.

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21/04/2014
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Educational Psychology Workforce Survey Results 2013

This DfE report presents the results and findings from a survey taken by educational psychologists working for local authority services. The survey results show demographic information on the educational psychology workforce, identifies the context and types of services in which educational psychologists are working, and builds on previous results.

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21/04/2014
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Tackling Physical Inactivity - A Coordinated Approach

This new report by a cross-party group of politicians sets out clear recommendations to tackle the growing physical inactivity epidemic in the UK. The report calls for the creation of a cross-sector and cross-departmental National Action Plan supported by the leaders of all the three major political parties.

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21/04/2014
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Partnership Working In Small Rural Primary Schools

The aim of the research by the CfBT Education Trust was to investigate the most effective ways for small rural primary schools to work together in order to improve provision and raise standards.

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28/04/2014
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Good Practice In School Readiness

For too many children, especially those living in the most deprived areas, educational failure starts early. Gaps in achievement between the poorest children and their better-off counterparts are clearly established by the age of five. The aim of this Ofsted survey was to capture how the most successful early years providers ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable children are better prepared to start school.

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28/04/2014
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Looked After Children Living Away From Their Home Area

Local authorities must do more to make sure the needs of looked after children living far away from their family, friends and communities can be met. This Ofsted report calls on the government to review the impact of strengthened regulations on children’s homes providers and local authorities, to ensure that the risks to, and needs of children and young people are properly met and regularly reviewed by those with responsibility for them.

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28/04/2014
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Key Data On Music Education Hubs 2013

The NFER report looks at the effectiveness of Music Education Hubs (MEHs). MEHs were created to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people. A total of 123 MEHs were established and started work in 2012.

Date:
28/04/2014
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