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School Funding in England Since 2010 – What the Key Evidence Tells Us – the Staffroom

19th January 2018

A new report, School funding in England since 2010 – what the key evidence tells us, has been recently published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). It summarises the changes to school funding that have taken place during the last seven years and looks at existing evidence on the impact that these changes have…

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CBI calls for fresh approach towards skills essential for UK future – the Staffroom

18th January 2018

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government, businesses and learning providers to freshen up their approach to skills in the coming year  In a new report, entitled In Perfect Harmony, the CBI contends that 28 skill reforms in the past three decades have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver…

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Delivering STEM Skills for the Economy – the Staffroom

17th January 2018

Government efforts to improve the quality and take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills have yielded some positive results. There remains, however, an urgent need for departments to set out a shared view of what they are trying to achieve and a co-ordinated plan for achieving it before government can demonstrate that it…

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Assessing the early impact of the Apprenticeship Levy – the Staffroom

16th January 2018

The UK Government’s apprenticeships reform and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy has meant fundamental shifts to the funding model with new implications for how employers interact with the apprenticeship system. But how have employers responded to these changes since the levy’s rollout in April 2017? In a new report, Assessing the early impact of…

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How can employers support schools to improve outcomes for students? – the Staffroom

15th January 2018

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a review of the evidence on how employers can support schools to improve outcomes for pupils. Researchers from Education and Employers reviewed the best international research to identify the interventions and approaches for which there is evidence of employers having a positive impact on young people’s outcomes, particularly those…

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Profile – Ann Gravells – Author and Training Consultant – the Staffroom

14th January 2018

The Staffroom are pleased to announce a new monthly feature where we will profile leaders and theorists in the education sector. We’re pleased that author and training consultant Ann Gravells has agreed to be the focus of our first profile as she is a tour de force in terms of advice, guidance and support towards…

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The long-term impact of effective teaching – the Staffroom

12th January 2018

Peter Tymms and colleagues at Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring conducted a study of 40,000 children in England to examine what impact effective teaching in the first year of school has on achievement at the end of compulsory teaching at age 16. Children’s early reading and maths development were measured at the start of school,…

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Being an ethical leader By David Pardey

11th January 2018

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. (Abraham Lincoln) Ethics are the moral principles which guide our behaviour. Being ethical may seem to be straightforward – we all have the ability to…

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Challenges facing Higher Education in 2018 – the Staffroom

10th January 2018

2017 was a bad year for universities with rows over vice-chancellors’ pay and tuition fees have been frozen and an imminent major review of student funding has cast a cloud of financial uncertainty. Now with the departure of Jo Johnson as Universities and Science Minister in the recent Cabinet re-shuffle, his replacement Sam Gyimah will…

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Cabinet Reshuffle hits both Education and Universities – the Staffroom

9th January 2018

At a time when education needs a strong hand the minister Justine Greening has left the government after 18 months as education secretary. Her resignation coming after she reportedly refused a move to the Department for Work and Pensions. She told the BBC: “‘Social mobility matters to me and our country more than a ministerial career –…

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