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.
School Trips –The Legal Journey Ahead
New legislation looks set to transform the legal landscape affecting a school’s liabilities when planning and conducting school trips. Mark Blois, education law expert at Browne Jacobson, explores the new legal waters for teachers to navigate.
Food technology in secondary schools
This 23–page report evaluates the effectiveness of provision in secondary schools for food technology within the National Curriculum subject design and technology. It examines strengths and weaknesses in pupils' achievement and the tension between the teaching of food to develop life skills and using food as a means to teach design and technology. Update Note: The full report is no longer available
Developing the Early Years Workforce
This briefing sets out how the Children's Workforce Development Council will develop early years professional status and support additional workforce training and development in order to build a world–class children’s workforce.
African Caribbean Achievement Action Plan (Revision 2005)
This is a 55–page analysis by Birmingham City Council to tackle African Caribbean underachievement in city schools. The document discusses risk factors that increase the likelihood of underachievement on a group basis, on an area basis, and on a systemic basis. It then suggests a multi–dimensional policy response. Update Note: This report is no longer available
This is the final report by the National Inquiry into self–harm among young people aged 11–25 years old. The Camelot Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation have jointly led the two–year Inquiry. This report is intended to serve as a turning point in understanding self–harm and to act as a launch pad for changes in the prevention of, and responses to, self–harm among young people in the UK.
Response To Education And Inspections Bill
The Bill was published on 28 February 2006. This note highlights some of the issues arising from the Bill, particularly in the context of the strategic role of local education authorities, and the new proposed “Trust Schools”.
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.