leadership briefing


Your weekly education research update

Every day, there are thousands of pages of ‘must read’ research about education pouring out of government departments, universities and NGOs and into schools. All of them with the potential to impact hugely on how you and your colleagues work.

Our Leadership Briefing service extracts the most important research and report findings to present you with clear, bulleted summaries that get right to the heart of the matter.

How Graduate Earnings Vary With Gender, Institution Attended, Subject And Socio-Economic Background

This research by the Nuffield Foundation has found that graduates from richer family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than their poorer counterparts, even after completing the same degrees from the same universities.

A comparison of Academic Achievement in Independent and State Schools

This report by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University looks at the differences in attainment between pupils who are educated in independent and state schools from junior or prep school through to GCSE, controlling for differences such as prior ability, socioeconomic status and gender.

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The State Of Language Learning In Primary And Secondary Schools In England

This report by the Education Development Trust for the British Council charts the health of language learning in English schools.

Education in England: Annual Report 2016

This report by Centre Forum shows that White British pupils in England make less progress in school compared to other ethnic groups.

The state of funding in education and teachers’ working conditions in CEE countries

This ETUCE report identifies some common trends and challenges in CEE countries in relation to 1) funding of education; 2) teachers’ working conditions and trade union action; 3) social dialogue and collective bargaining; and 4) priorities for further action.

NEET Prevention - Keeping Students Engaged At Key Stage 4

This NFER research examines the impact of school-based programmes that are in place to support students aged 14-16 who are at risk of temporary disconnection from learning.

Educational Excellence Everywhere

This government white paper sets out plans to deliver educational excellence everywhere, so that every child and young person can access world class provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

legal briefings

Issues Around Intellectual Property

Britain’s universities are gaining wide recognition for producing some of the most promising technology companies around today, with new technology breakthroughs never far from the headlines. This success brings its own complications, one of the most challenging being the ownership of the Intellectual Property (the “IP”).

Are SEND Reforms Fully Supporting Children?

In June 2014, a new special education needs (SEN) code of practice was introduced, implementing changes that hoped to improve education planning for children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). Samantha Hale, Education Law specialist at Maxwell Gillott, a trading style of Simpson Millar LLP, looks into current research on how the law is performing and avenues for legal redress.

The Reality Of Failure To Educate Claims

With the recent publication of exam results, there will inevitably be pupils who did not do as well as they had hoped. Some may seek to lay the blame for this at the door of their school, potentially through a failure to educate claim.

Migrant salary for the education sector

The incoming pay threshold for non-European workers could cause chaos for the education sector. Under the new rules, introduced in 2011 but coming into effect next April, workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be forced out of the UK after six years if they don't reach earnings of at least £35,000. The Home Office has indicated that the change was made with a view to reducing the demand for migrant labour, but it effectively means that money employers have directed towards recruitment and training in the meantime has gone to waste. Tijen Ahmet, Immigration Solicitor at SA Law, discusses the issue…