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Issue LB.97

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Chain Effects

This Sutton Trust report looks at the impact of academy chains on low-income students. The report shows that some chains are doing particularly well; with attainment scores for disadvantaged pupils substantially above those of the general run of state schools. However, there are other chains which are performing less well than maintained schools on average, and are not doing enough to improve the prospects of their disadvantaged pupils.

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31/07/2014
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School Exclusion Trial Evaluation

This report by the Institute of Education (IoE) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) looks at the effectiveness of the school exclusion trial at finding alternative provision for excluded pupils and assesses the issues emerging from the trial - in particular the affect it has had on pupils, schools, local authorities and alternative provision providers.

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31/07/2014
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Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England

More young people are turning to teachers for drugs advice. This report by NatCen Social Research finds that 69% of 11 to 15 year olds say that teachers are a helpful source of information about taking drugs, up from 63% in 2009.

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31/07/2014
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Here Be Dragons

This is the sixth annual survey of university vice-chancellors, which looks at how vice chancellors are steering their institutions through the new risks and uncertainties of higher education (HE) markets, and their predicted outlook for their own institutions and the wider sector. The report shows there is a growing sense of grievance from universities towards government. Two thirds of higher education leaders cited government policies as the biggest threat to their future success and the possibility of UK withdrawal from the EU was flagged as a major risk, alongside concerns about future political falling-out with China.

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31/07/2014
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Social Media - Abuses In The School Environment

The NASUWT teachers union used its 2014 annual conference as an opportunity to draw attention to the impact that misuse of social media is having on teachers. A survey of its members revealed that one in five teachers surveyed had experienced ‘adverse comments’ written about them online. Angela Brumpton from legal firm Hill Dickinson, considers the impact that use of social media and online forums can have in the school environment and offers some tips on steps that can be taken to counter abuse and protect staff.

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31/07/2014
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Pupil Premium And The Invisible Group

This research by the non-profit company Fischer Family Trust, has found that children who qualify for free school meals for just one year become "invisible underachievers" who receive little government support but achieve similar results to those who remain on free school meals during their entire school career. The research finds clear and significant differences between both attainment and progress (value-added) for pupil premium pupils with different characteristics.

Date:
07/08/2014
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A Comparison Of Academics’ And Students’ Usage Of Twitter In Academic Contexts

The emergence of social media as a new channel for communication and collaboration has led educators to hope that they may enhance the student experience and provide a pedagogical tool within Higher Education (HE). This research by Edge Hill University highlights the wealth of opportunity in social networking sites; for shared academic knowledge, distribution of information, dialogue amongst peers and academic networking.

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07/08/2014
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School Exclusion Trial Evaluation

The School Exclusion Trial (SET) tested the benefits of schools having greater responsibility for meeting the needs of permanently excluded pupils and those at risk of permanent exclusion, by having more responsibility for commissioning Alternative Provision (AP) and being passed funding from LAs for this purpose. This NFER research report explores the implementation of the trial and the impact it had on pupils, schools, LAs and AP providers.

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07/08/2014
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On The Outside: Identifying And Supporting Children With A Parent In Prison

This report by Barnardo's recommends that children be identified when a arent is sentenced to prison so that they can receive the practical and emotional support they need as soon as possible. Specifically, it calls on the Ministry of Justice to appoint a minister to look after the needs of children affected by parental imprisonment and to deliver a National Action Plan to make sure that this large and vulnerable group of children are recognised.

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07/08/2014
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ICT At Key Stage 3: The Impact Of ICT On Pupils’ Learning At Key Stage 3 In Secondary Schools

This Estyn report focuses on the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on pupils’ learning in key stage 3 in secondary schools. The report evaluates standards in the National Curriculum subject of information and communication technology (ICT) and considers the impact of ICT as a key skill on pupils’ learning across the curriculum at key stage 3 in secondary schools in Wales. The report also considers the impact of ICT on developing pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.

Date:
14/08/2014
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No More Baby Steps: A Strategy For Revolutionising Childcare

This IPPR report sets out plans for how the UK can move towards a universal, high-quality and affordable system of childcare and early-years provision, complemented by reforms to parental leave and rights to flexible employment.

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14/08/2014
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Assessing Parental Capacity to Change when Children are on the Edge of Care

This DfE report looks at how possible it is for parents to change when their children are likely to enter care. The research report is intended to serve as a reference resource for social workers to support families where children’s safety and development are at risk.

Date:
14/08/2014
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Analysis Of Trends In Higher Education Applications, Admissions, And Enrolments

This report by the Sutton Trust examines data for 2014 university applications and 2013 offers. It also looks at enrolment data for 2012-13. It finds that despite a recovery in the proportion of 18 year olds entering higher education there remains close to a ten fold access gap between most and least advantaged students at the most selective institutions.

Date:
14/08/2014
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Remember The Young Ones: Improving Career Opportunities For Britain’s Young People

This IPPR report looks at five critical elements of the school-to-work transition for young people – the role of employers, vocational education, apprenticeships, careers guidance, and the benefits system – and at lessons the UK can learn from European economies with better youth employment records.

Date:
19/08/2014
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School workforce in England

This DfE report looks at the statistics on the size and characteristics of the schools' workforce in state-funded schools.

Date:
18/07/2014
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Black and Minority Ethnic Access to Higher Education: A Reassessment

This research by the London School of Economics, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, revisits the contested issue of ethnic minority access to higher education. It is well established that candidates from black and minority ethnic groups go to university in good numbers, but we also know that candidates from some minority groups tend to be concentrated in less prestigious institutions. Access to high status institutions is important for several reasons, not least because it is likely to affect candidates’ subsequent destinations and their ability to access elite professions.

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19/08/2014
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Lead And Emerging Practitioner School Tranche 1 Pathfinder Project

This report presents the findings of an evaluation carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the Lead and Emerging Practitioner School Pathfinder Project. The aim of the Lead and Emerging Practitioner School Pathfinder Project is to raise standards within primary and secondary schools in Wales by facilitating school-to-school support, with the aim of accelerating improvement.

Date:
19/08/2014
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