Children’s Workforce Strategy – The Government’s response to
This is a summary of a 44–page update to the original Children’s Workforce Strategy, published on the 1 April 2005. In light of views expressed in the original consultation, this update sets out how the government intends to take work forward and provides: A summary of the responses. What it will do to meet the key priorities and challenges. The action plan.
Competition, Choice and Pupil Achievement
This is a 62–page report for the Centre for the Economics of Education at the London School of Economics. It looks at the issue of whether parental choice and greater competition between schools helps improve educational standards. It focuses on primary schools in the south east of England.
Discipline Beyond The School Gate
As part of the Government’s ‘Respect’ agenda, plans have been announced to extend teachers’ disciplinary powers to deal with pupil misbehaviour on their journey to and from school. Mark Blois, education law expert at Browne Jacobson, delves into the legal grey area that is teacher’s disciplinary powers.
Evaluation of the Primary Behaviour and Attendance Pilot
This is a summary of a 227–page research report commissioned for the DfES by the University of London to test the effectiveness of the range of measures proposed to: improve behaviour, attendance and attainment for individual children; improve teacher skills and confidence; promote effective whole school approaches to positive behaviour, attendance, and improvements in attainment.
Perceptions and Use of NVQs: A Survey of Employers in England
NVQs are a central feature of England’s attempt to develop a systematic approach to the development and certification of vocational skills. This 102–page research report for the DfES describes how employers use and rate the importance of NVQs. This is a summary of that report.
The Admission of Looked After Children Regulations 2006
These regulations came into force on 21 February 2006, and detail the actions to be taken and the circumstances in which an admission authority for a maintained school must give priority to looked after children.
Early Years Foundation Stage
This is a summary of a 19–page briefing that provides an update on progress towards the Early Years Foundation Stage, as proposed in the current Childcare Bill, and sets out the government’s vision for the new framework.
Children’s and young people’s reading habits and preferences
This is a summary of the 111–page review on children’s reading habits which presents the findings from the National Literacy Trust’s survey of over 8,000 primary and secondary pupils across ninety eight schools. Given the current political concerns about reading, the research literature highlights the fact that young people’s reading enjoyment may be declining.
Modern foreign languages in a vocational context
This is a summary of a report by the Learning and Skills Development Agency which sets out to discover to what extent languages are integrated within vocational courses. The aim of the research was to find out the scope and take–up of modern foreign languages, and to identify the barriers to learning a language. (Please note: The full report is no longer available to download).