Blog by Howard Sharron on knife crime and the policy challenges in reducing it
Student exclusions are predominantly affecting children in poverty and with special needs. The Alternative Provision options are not sufficient and are creating a new generation of young people who are not in schooling or employment. Labour MP Thelma Walker discusses the implications of a new report on these forgotten children.
Toby Greany and Peter Earley explore the intriguing tensions between freedom
and control which lie at the heart of the English educational system, and consider
the implications for school leadership and professional development.
Her own class background has given Professor Sonia Blandford a unique insight into the way working class children fail and what can be done about it.
Editorial SLT Volume 8.5
Karensa Leith reports on Kinderly - the award-winning early years app for digitally recording early learning journeys and sharing with parents.
The UK has a good range of mechanisms in place to support evidence-based policy-making in education. This is one of the messages which emerge from this new NFER report that maps how evidence is used by education policy-makers across Europe.
Leadership Briefing 11.06(126)
The government's policy focus on reducing net migration is causing unnecessary harm to the UK's international education sector, one of the UK’s biggest services exports. This IPPR report asks how, through better informed policy, the UK can attract more students in a growing and increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Leadership Briefing 11.03(123)
This NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey explored teachers’ and senior leaders’ views on a variety of topics, including: statutory assessment; curriculum reform; accountability reforms; careers and apprenticeships; building pupils’ character, resilience and active learning; alternative provision; Prevent; physical activity; English as an additional language (EAL) and vocational programmes. All results are nationally representative by school characteristics, including region, performance band, and eligibility for free school meals. This report provides a summary of and commentary on the responses to these questions.
Leadership Briefing 11.01(121)
This report by the University of Leicester strongly recommends that governments in the UK should urgently consider afresh the rationale underlying collective worship and religious observance in schools. It argues that there is currently no accepted rationale – and only when one is agreed can an informed debate begin on whether the current duties should be maintained or amended.
Leadership Briefing 10.04(112)
A sample policy on self-harm to use and adapt in your own school.
What can schools do when children harm themselves? Alison Williams talks through her experiences of developing a school-wide approach to support pupils.
This IPPR report reviews the evidence of both the benefits of quality childcare, and the policies which have been successful in improving standards in the UK and abroad. From this body of knowledge it draws 10 lessons for UK policymakers on how our care system can be improved.
Leadership Briefing 8.01 (85)
This NFER paper, published in parallel with the Department for Education's consultation on reform of key stage 4 qualifications, argues that robust evidence from research could help prevent hundreds of thousands of young people from disengaging. Current policy dialogue is incredibly positive in terms of giving all young people, whatever their background, the chance to succeed, but unless policymakers listen to the research evidence, the opposite may happen.
Leadership briefing issue 7.07 (79)
Over a million children have speech, language
and communication needs and the impact on their
development is startling. Clare Geldard analyses
an issue that is racing up the policy agenda.
Restorative Practice Policy to accompany article 'A city wide vision'.
We've covered many examples of and views about early intervention in ECU. In this article Dr. Ellie Lee explains why we should be very cautious about adopting this ‘prejudice against parents’ policy.