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Issue LB.99

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Below The Radar: Low-Level Disruption In The Country’s Classrooms

This Ofsted report shows that teachers, parents and carers are rightly concerned about the frequent loss of learning time through low-level but persistent disruptive behaviour. This report demonstrates that, in too many schools, teachers are frustrated by this sort of behaviour and are critical of colleagues, particularly those in leadership positions, who are not doing enough to ensure high standards of pupil behaviour.

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01/10/2014
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Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2013/14

This Eurydice analysis compares the annual recommended instruction time in full-time compulsory education in public sector schools, covering 32 countries of the Eurydice network.

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01/10/2014
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Are Free Schools Using Innovative Approaches?

It is now four years since the Academies Act 2010 authorised the creation of free schools. This DfE report discusses how free schools make use of the freedoms available to them and how they work with other schools as part of a self-improving, school-led system.

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01/10/2014
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Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey

Nine out of ten students believe Tablets will change the way they learn according to this survey conducted by Harris Poll for Pearson, with most saying the devices would make learning more fun.

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01/10/2014
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Cracking The Code: How Schools Can Improve Social Mobility

Some schools have 'cracked the code' to ensure disadvantaged children excel in the classroom, although more must follow their lead, but the educational attainment of those from poorer backgrounds in England was still shockingly low, according to this study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. And it urged teachers to raise their expectations of these pupils.

Date:
09/10/2014
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Behaviour Problems Among Disabled And Non-Disabled Children Aged 3 To 7

Much more could be done to help children with physical and learning disabilities cope with the challenges they face on entering school, according to this report by the Institute of Education's Department of Quantitative Social Science (QSS).

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09/10/2014
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Examining The Relationships Between Teacher Confirmation And College Students' Emotional Outcomes

How students feel about classes has a direct impact on how much they learn in them, and students expect a classroom environment that is emotionally supportive, according to this study published by Routledge in the journal, Communication Education. It concludes that teachers should consider adapting their teaching style around this expectation in order to enhance students’ learning.

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09/10/2014
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Planned Expenditure On Schools, Education, Children And Young People’s Services By Local Authorities

This Statistical Release by the government provides a summary of the planned expenditure by LAs on a range of services relating to schools, education, children and young people’s services for the financial year April 2014 – March 2015. Academies are not included as they are not maintained by LAs.

Date:
09/10/2014
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The Wireless Report 2014

This report, published by national anti-bullying charity, Ditch the Label, looks at ways young people are engaging on smartphone social media apps. The report looks into sexting and instances of abuse on smartphone apps. The Wireless Report surveyed 2,732 young people aged 13-25 (1,020 respondents were from the United Kingdom). The survey was conducted in partnership with Habbo, the largest online teen community in the world.

Date:
16/10/2014
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Why Ethnicity Matters For Local Authority Action On Poverty

This research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation draws together research from JRF’s Poverty & Ethnicity research programme, highlighting the implications for local authorities in the UK.

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16/10/2014
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Whole System Reform: England’s Schools And The Middle Tier

This IPPR report makes the case for appointing regional schools commissioners, responsible for commissioning schools and ensuring high standards, as a means of making the increasingly fragmented schools system better coordinated and more accountable.

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16/10/2014
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Pupil Absence In Schools In England: Autumn 2013 And Spring 2014

The number of children missing lessons in England has fallen, according to this government report, due partly due to a clampdown on families taking children away on holiday in term-time.

Date:
16/10/2014
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Performance-Related Pay

Craig Vincent discusses performance-related pay - and what this could mean for schools, if pay awards result in pay appeals - and outlines the grounds for appeals that could be made by staff.

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16/10/2014
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The PE And Sport Premium For Primary Schools

The government is providing funding to maintained primary schools and academies that is specifically targeted at improving the provision of physical education (PE) and sport. This Ofsted report identifies and shares good practice in 22 schools previously identified as performing well in PE.

Date:
22/10/2014
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Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results: 2013 To 2014

This Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) by the DfE gives results in England, for the 2013 to 2014 academic year, at national and local authority level. It shows that five-year-old boys lag behind girls of the same age in reading, writing and maths, according to teachers' assessment of children's progress at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage last year.

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22/10/2014
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Advancing Ambitions: The Role Of Career Guidance In Supporting Social Mobility

This report by Professor Tristram Hooley of University of Derby, compared schools which had received a ‘quality award’ for their career guidance with those that had not received such accreditation. The authors analysed data from over 800 schools and sixth form colleges to examine the impact of good quality careers advice on access to university and exam results.

Date:
22/10/2014
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UniverCities: The Knowledge to Power UK Metros

This report by the RSA suggests university leavers should be offered a "golden handcuff" to stay and work locally after graduation. The report says graduates should be given advice on jobs and housing and should be matched with local employment opportunities.

Date:
22/10/2014
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