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Issue LB.95

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Selective Schooling Systems Increase Inequality

This working paper by Professor Simon Burgess from the University of Bristol investigates the impact on earnings inequality of a selective education system in which school assignment is based on initial test scores. It claims Grammar schools contribute to social inequality and lead to a widening of the income gap between rich and poor.

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29/05/2014
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Chaplaincy in Anglican Secondary Schools and Academies in England and Wales

This report by the Church Of England Archbishops’ Council Education Division highlights that churches are no longer abiding by the agreement to contribute to school costs. The report found that four in five of the schools had a designated Chaplain, who undertook a range of tasks, including providing pastoral care and leading collective worship. Almost all are directly funded from the school’s own budget.

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29/05/2014
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Partnership Working In Small Rural Primary Schools

This CfBT Education Trust report investigates the most effective ways for small rural primary schools to work together in order to improve provision and raise standards. The research examined the circumstances and context of small rural schools in Lincolnshire and evaluated their different leadership models. The report provides three sets of ten lessons for schools, policymakers and local authorities.

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29/05/2014
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The Skills Mismatch

This report by The Edge Foundation focuses on the disconnect between the UK education system and the needs of the British economy. The report demonstrates how this dysfunction operates at all levels - schools, further education colleges and universities. It suggests if we are to deliver the skills required over the next decade radical changes are needed.

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29/05/2014
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Implications Of Closing The Student Opportunity Fund

In the face of warnings from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that £570m needs to be saved this year and a further £860m after the 2015 election in order to reduce the economic deficit, UK universities are preparing for yet more funding cuts. Ministers suggested that closing the Student Opportunity Fund, reportedly worth £200m, was necessary in order to prevent more widespread funding cuts in future. But this source of financial support is vital for disadvantaged students. Kerren Daly, Head of the Education sector at national business law firm DWF, assesses the impact this may have on social mobility, and how collaborative working may prove beneficial for education leaders.

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29/05/2014
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Learner Support Services For Pupils Aged 14 – 16

This Estyn report looks at the quality, consistency and impartiality of learner support services provided by schools to pupils before, during and at the end of key stage 4. Learner support services include learning coaching, personal support, and careers information and guidance.

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06/06/2014
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New Ofsted Framework For The Inspection Of Children's Services

This Ofsted report offers an evaluation of the new Ofsted framework for the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers, and for reviews of Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

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06/06/2014
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Jobs, Skills And The Importance Of Vocational Education

This IPPR report investgates the changing landscape of the workforce within the next decade. It reveals that many of the jobs expected to drive economic growth and mobility in the future will be accessible with a vocational qualification.

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06/06/2014
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Careers Guidance: Guaranteed

This report published by the Association of Colleges (AoC) claims that 11- to 16-year-olds are unhappy with the way careers guidance is delivered in schools and recommends that schools extend the amount of time available to pupils to go on work experience placements and provide more information about careers opportunities in the local area.

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06/06/2014
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Performance Indicators In Primary Schools

This DfE report looks at the cognitive and non-cognitive development of children starting school and their progress to the end of their first academic year.

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13/06/2014
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Advice Note On Academies And Maintained Schools In Birmingham

Ofsted carried out inspections of 21 schools, following claims in an anonymous letter of an attempt to make the ethos of schools in Birmingham more conservative and Islamic. The inspections also raised concerns about an exclusively Muslim culture in non-faith schools, and fears that children were not being encouraged to develop tolerant attitudes towards other faiths.

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13/06/2014
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Not Present, What Future? Children Missing Education In England

This National Children’s Bureau (NCB) report suggests that on any given day as many as 14,800 children are missing education in England, with the whereabouts of over 3,000 children completely unknown to their school or local authority.

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13/06/2014
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Link Between Secondary School Characteristics And University Participation And Outcomes

This report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies recommends that comprehensive school pupils should be allowed into universities on the back of lower GCSE and A-level grades than students from grammars and fee-paying private schools, after concluding that students from comprehensives with equivalent GCSE and A-level grades outperformed their more expensively educated peers at university.

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13/06/2014
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Technology in Education: A System View

This research by The Education Foundation was put together in response to a request from the UK Department for Education to identify emerging solutions to the barriers facing schools and other learning organisations in using technology to improve learning outcomes.

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19/06/2014
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Paths Forward To A Digital Future For Further Education And Skills

Learning technology, when astutely used by teachers and providers, can improve FE learners' chances and successfully influence what students do to learn, so that every student can reach their learning potential. This report by the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) explains how digital technology can help achieve this ambition for education and the opportunities offered by technology. It includes a number of recommendations for employers and FE and skills providers.

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19/06/2014
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MOOCs: Opportunities For Their Use In Compulsory-Age Education

This DfE research looks at massive open online courses (MOOCs) and how they can be used within compulsory-age education of 11- to 19-year-olds.

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19/06/2014
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Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE)

This DfE report forms part of the national Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE) research study, and focuses on the 30% most disadvantaged areas in England. The evaluation as a whole studies the management, organisation and programmes offered in the centres; it includes a longitudinal study of families and children who used these children’s centres, and a cost-benefit analysis of the programme.

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19/06/2014
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Enterprise For All: The Relevance Of Enterprise In Education

The purpose of this DfE review by Lord Young is to engage those involved in education and training, careers advice and adult learning, and to make recommendations on how to inspire and support more people to succeed in enterprise activity and employment. This review covers the full breadth of education and is aimed at education leaders, teachers and all those involved in policy, administration and delivery of teaching and learning in our education system. This includes business champions such as business representative bodies and the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that have a key role to play in creating closer links between education and the world of work and business.

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19/06/2014
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