Learning Platforms: Making IT personal (Primary version)
This is a 40-page booklet explaining DfES policy and funding arrangements for learning platforms. These arrangements have been designed to help schools invest successfully in a learning platform that suits the needs of pupils and staff. The government’s target is that all pupils will be able to access a personalised online workspace, capable of supporting an e-portfolio, by 2007-08.
Improving poorly performing schools in England
This is a 66-page National Audit Office report on school under-performance, which suggests how failing schools can be helped to improve. The report shows that a large proportion of schools in England provide high standards of education, with pupil attainment improving in primary and secondary schools, but some schools are performing less well.
Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth.
This American article reviews the effects of physical activity on health and behaviour outcomes and develops evidence-based recommendations for physical activity in youth.
Vetting and Barring Scheme.
Following the Bichard Inquiry Report the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health are planning the introduction of a new Vetting and Barring Scheme. It is for people whose jobs will bring them into contact with children and vulnerable adults, subject to Parliament approving the necessary legislation. This document reports on the responses to the consultation.
Independent School Inspections – Framework 2005.
This report outlines the framework for Inspecting Independent Schools in England under Section 162A of the Education Act 2002. The Education Act 2002 made substantial changes to the registration and inspection of independent schools. Since September 2003, new schools have had to meet the standards set out in the regulations before they are allowed to open. This document sets out the way in which Ofsted conducts the inspection of independent schools as amended by the Education Act 2005.
Fudge it or Fix it
The requirement to restructure teaching and learning responsibilities, following the planned abolition of management allowances, may appear a major challenge for school leaders. It is also a huge opportunity: successful headteachers have a knack for taking government initiatives and using them to further their own vision for their school; and the same is possible here.