The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill is a 58–page document published by the DfES to establish a centralised vetting system for people working with children and vulnerable adults.
Healthy Eating in Schools
This is a summary of a 22–page report is Ofsted’s response to the increasing public concern about the quality of children’s diets and rapidly increasing rates of child obesity. It assesses how schools have responded to guidance on school meals and healthier eating. Its findings are based on a small–scale survey of primary and secondary schools made in preparation for a major survey of food in schools to be carried out in 2006/07. Update Note: The full report is no longer available.
Minority Ethnic Pupils in Mainly White Schools
This is a summary of a 179–page publication of new guidelines for schools on tackling racist bullying by the DfES. Developed in partnership with anti–racist organisations, schools, local authorities, professional associations, community and voluntary sector groups and young people themselves, the guidelines offer suggestions for lessons, staff training and anti–bullying strategies to help schools identify and prevent racist bullying. Update Note: The full report is no longer available.
Parents’ Satisfaction with Schools
This is a summary of a 16–page report which identifies factors that may influence parents’ satisfaction with schools. A number of inspection judgements, such as links with parents, overall effectiveness and quality of teaching and leadership are examined.
Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading
This is the final report by Jim Rose, reviewing the teaching of early reading, which sets out how children should be taught to read. The Rose report stresses that good teaching, attention to speaking and listening skills and the systematic learning of phonics are crucial to raising standards, with early interventions to prevent children from falling behind.
Tackling Child Obesity
This is a summary of a 62–page report, prepared jointly by the National Audit Office, the Healthcare Commission and the Audit Commission, considers the effectiveness of government work to tackle child obesity and how it might be improved. The report shows that while a multifaceted approach to child obesity is the most effective, there is little evidence to show whether the range of programmes and initiatives in place to improve children’s health and nutrition is sufficient to achieve the government's target. Update Note: The full report is no longer available.
Schools in England have been promised a £34bn increase in funding over the next five years by future Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in his last Budget as Chancellor.
Code of Practice on the Provision of Free Nursery Education
This is a summary of a 44–page report publication by Sure Start. It provides statutory guidance on delivering the free early learning and development entitlement of three and four year olds in England from April 2006. The code will remain in force until 2008–9 when it will be replaced by new statutory guidance that reflects the current Childcare Bill. Update Note: The full report is no longer available.
Parents’ satisfaction with schools
This is a summary of a 16–page report which identifies factors that may influence parents’ satisfaction with schools. A number of inspection judgements, such as links with parents, overall effectiveness and quality of teaching and leadership are examined. Update Note: the full report is no longer available.
FE Reform: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances
This is a summary of a 99–page FE Reform White Paper builds on the existing 14–19 Education and Skills White Paper and Skills Strategy to set out a series of reforms which will raise skills and qualification levels for young people and adults to world standards. The proposed changes will offer more choice for customers, tailor services to meet individuals’ needs, encourage new, innovative providers to enter the market, and promote action to tackle poor quality combined with more autonomy for the excellent.