leadership briefing


Your weekly education research update

Every day, there are thousands of pages of ‘must read’ research about education pouring out of government departments, universities and NGOs and into schools. All of them with the potential to impact hugely on how you and your colleagues work.

Our Leadership Briefing service extracts the most important research and report findings to present you with clear, bulleted summaries that get right to the heart of the matter.

Unlocking The Potential of Digital Learning

More than half (54%) of educators in further education (FE) colleges list having to work out of office hours among their biggest challenges in their current role according to this report by YMCA Awards. This report looks at how maximising digital tools to their full potential learning environments are transformed.

The Experiences Of Lesbian, Gay, Bi And Trans Young People In Britain's Schools In 2017

The LGBT equality charity Stonewall says 45% of gay pupils still face bullying, with Faith schools continuing to be the worst type of school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils. The study, carried out by the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, suggests gay, lesbian and transgender pupils in England, Wales and Scotland are less likely to face homophobic bullying than five or 10 years ago.

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The State Of Language Learning In Primary And Secondary Schools In England

This report by the Education Development Trust for the British Council charts the health of language learning in English schools.

Education in England: Annual Report 2016

This report by Centre Forum shows that White British pupils in England make less progress in school compared to other ethnic groups.

The state of funding in education and teachers’ working conditions in CEE countries

This ETUCE report identifies some common trends and challenges in CEE countries in relation to 1) funding of education; 2) teachers’ working conditions and trade union action; 3) social dialogue and collective bargaining; and 4) priorities for further action.

NEET Prevention - Keeping Students Engaged At Key Stage 4

This NFER research examines the impact of school-based programmes that are in place to support students aged 14-16 who are at risk of temporary disconnection from learning.

Educational Excellence Everywhere

This government white paper sets out plans to deliver educational excellence everywhere, so that every child and young person can access world class provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background.

legal briefings

Issues Around Intellectual Property

Britain’s universities are gaining wide recognition for producing some of the most promising technology companies around today, with new technology breakthroughs never far from the headlines. This success brings its own complications, one of the most challenging being the ownership of the Intellectual Property (the “IP”).

Are SEND Reforms Fully Supporting Children?

In June 2014, a new special education needs (SEN) code of practice was introduced, implementing changes that hoped to improve education planning for children and young adults with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). Samantha Hale, Education Law specialist at Maxwell Gillott, a trading style of Simpson Millar LLP, looks into current research on how the law is performing and avenues for legal redress.

The Reality Of Failure To Educate Claims

With the recent publication of exam results, there will inevitably be pupils who did not do as well as they had hoped. Some may seek to lay the blame for this at the door of their school, potentially through a failure to educate claim.

Migrant salary for the education sector

The incoming pay threshold for non-European workers could cause chaos for the education sector. Under the new rules, introduced in 2011 but coming into effect next April, workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be forced out of the UK after six years if they don't reach earnings of at least £35,000. The Home Office has indicated that the change was made with a view to reducing the demand for migrant labour, but it effectively means that money employers have directed towards recruitment and training in the meantime has gone to waste. Tijen Ahmet, Immigration Solicitor at SA Law, discusses the issue…