Barrier to Creativity in Education
This new report by Edelman Berland for Adobe reveals that two thirds (67%) of teachers and lecturers across the primary, secondary and HE sectors in the UK believe that creativity in education is vital to fuel the economies of the future. Despite this, 65% agree there is much more they should be doing to teach creativity, with 68% stating that in order to do this, there needs to be a transformation in the way schools, colleges and universities across the country work. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Talk At Mealtimes
There is a renewed focus on speaking and listening skills in primary schools from September 2014 as part of the Government’s proposals for a revised National Curriculum. The findings in this report from the National literacy Trust show that families can play their part in giving their children a solid foundation in speaking and listening skills by taking simple steps like chatting together at mealtimes. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Evaluation of the Free School Meals Pilot Impact Report
This DfE report presents evidence on the impact of the Free School Meals pilot on a range of pupil outcomes. The Free School Meals (FSM) pilot was a two-year programme operating in three local authorities between the autumn of 2009 and summer of 2011, to extend entitlement to free school meals. Where all primary school children were offered free school meals, a significant positive impact on attainment for primary school pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 was observed, with pupils in the pilot areas making between four and eight weeks’ more progress than similar pupils in comparison areas. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Careers Guidance In Schools From September 2012
Since September 2012, schools have been legally responsible for securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance for all their students in Years 9 to 11. This report published by Ofsted finds that the arrangements for careers guidance in schools are not working well enough. Three quarters of the schools visited for the survey were not implementing their duty to provide impartial careers advice effectively. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Cyberbullying: How Safe Are Our Children?
A report by the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme has found that eight out of ten young people believe that cyber bullying is getting worse. Schools are combating cyberbullying by using technology to encourage students to report incidents of bullying as soon as it happens. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Young People – The Impact On Education And Employment
This report by Crohn’s and Colitis UK demonstrates the impact that IBD can have on young people’s education and aspirations, and how this can affect their careers and working lives. While IBD is a debilitating condition, young people diagnosed with the disease must be supported to ensure that they can complete their studies to the best of their ability and are not excluded from the workplace or discouraged from aiming high in their careers. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
The Changing Educational Environment – Rising To The School Places Challenge
Local authorities are spending £9,000 on every pupil making up for a government funding shortfall, in order to create new school places in London, according to this London Councils report. London Councils represents the capital’s 33 local authorities. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Private Schools Vs. State Schools: Is It Simply About The Cost?
According to this research by YouGov, if money was not a consideration, one in three parents (32 per cent) would prefer to send their children to private school over state education, citing superior schooling and a better chance of getting into university as reasons for this. However, when cost does become a consideration, the number drops dramatically down to just ten per cent. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)
Science Education – Have We Overlooked What We Are Good At?
The government's proposed reforms to GCSE science are intended to ensure that England's science provision pre-16 is challenging and that it produces young people with the skills needed for future economic success. This NFER paper warns that in implementing these reforms we may overlook many of the successful features of our existing science provision, and that a scientific approach to the reform of our science curriculum is needed. Leadership Briefing 8.02(86)