NALDIC ITTSEAL: Local authority EAL and EMA Services
An article from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) ITTSEAL providing a listing of more than 70 local authority language and achievement services. These teams may be able to offer advice and guidance or provide specialist support for initial teacher education programmes. They are often involved in working with newly qualified teachers recruited to schools in their local authorities. Links to service information and contacts for are listed.
Ofsted TellUs2 Survey Summary and Technical Manual
This resource comprises the summarised results of the TellUs2 survey and its associated technical report giving the full background details to the survey. TellUs2 was a survey of children and young people in England in 2007 which asked about their experiences and views of their life, their school and their local area. The online questionnaire was developed jointly by Ofsted, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Ipsos MORI as a qualitative user perception survey to gather
Local Authority Music Services Provision (2007) for Key Stages 1 and 2
A DCSF research report published in 2007 on the provision for music at KS1 and 2 by Local Authority Music Services. The report is an analysis of the data collected relating to the implementation of the Wider Opportunities (WO) initiative.
Level 1 Exponents
A tutorial on basic exponents. Examples of problems are worked out with computer sofware step by step.
Latest and emerging evidence on pedagogical approaches to tackling gender-related underperformance
This research seminar, which took place at the DCSF on 8 April, forms part of the Department's 2008 themed series of events on tackling the 'gender agenda': “an 18 month themed series of activities working with schools, universities and local authorities and others to identify, develop, and share evidence and good practice in improving the educational outcomes and life chances for specific groups of underperforming boys and girls”.
Evaluation of the Childcare Taster Pilot and Extended Schools Childcare Pilot programmes: final repo
This is a report of research commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Work and Pensions to critically assess the impact and outcomes of the implementation of Extended Schools Childcare Pilots (ESCP) and Childcare Taster Pilots (CTPs). The qualitative research took place in a total of 11 Local authorities in England and Wales in 6 phases from June 2004 until June 2006. The overall evaluation ran from April 2004-March 2007.
Evaluation of the Young Apprenticeships programme
This report, published by Ofsted, evaluates the effectiveness of the Young Apprenticeships programme from its introduction in September 2004 to 2006/07. The programme was launched by the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in September 2004, in order to allow school-based students of average or above average ability at Key Stage 4 to study for nationally recognised vocational qualifications two days per week, delivered by their local Young Apprenticeships partnership.
Teachers TV Kids and Crime Week
This week (2 - 8 June), Teachers TV features programmes exploring what schools and local communities are doing to raise awareness about gang culture, and focus on measures to help make young people safer.
The value of social care professionals working in extended schools
The resource is a report based upon research conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research into multi-agency working within extended schools, considering the impact of social care professionals in particular. It is therefore strongly linked to the roll out of Every Child Matters (ECM) and bound up in the new multi-disciplinary environment in such schools. It is based upon case studies, an audit of local authority practice, and interviews with relevant individuals and agencies wor
White boys from low-income backgrounds: good practice in schools
This "report on a small survey of good practice" was undertaken by Ofsted in 20 schools across England, which were "identified from inspection evidence and discussion with local authorities" to be schools "where white British boys from low-income backgrounds performed better in public tests and examinations than their counterparts in other schools". These schools were mainly in areas with high levels of deprivation, although a few of them had a minority of boys from low-income families on roll,
Reframing Literacy: A United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) conference about moving image medi
The UKLA conference was held at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 13th and 14th November 2008 and attended by teachers, teacher educators and representatives from the local authority and the film industry. The conference proposed that ‘media literacy’ be recognised and taught within the wider context of literacy rather than as a separate subject and offered three perspectives: • Leading learning in moving image media education – aimed at local authority literacy advisors • Developi
14 – 19 Diploma Initial Teacher Training: Strand 2 regional network meetings
Regional network meetings were held in London, Birmingham and Leeds on 27th, 29th and 30th April 2009 for ITT sector colleagues involved in the planning and delivery of Strand 2 Diploma experience for trainees. The Strand 2 programme enables some initial teacher trainees to obtain two weeks’ experience of Diploma teaching and learning which is additional to the route to Qualified Teacher Status which the trainee is undertaking. The meetings - which were attended by provider, school and Local A
Curiosity Kits: The impact of non-fiction book bags on boys’ reading at home
This 2001 NFER Topic (now PRE-Online) article reports on a small-scale pilot project which was supported by the National Year of Reading (1998–99) and the UK Reading Association, as well as publishers and other businesses. This research involved placing sets of book bags (‘Curiosity Kits’) in four Year 4 classes across the country, and monitoring the home-school reading patterns of these pupils compared with four control classes. The kits, contained in sports bags, comprised at least one
Government Action Plan in Response to Lord Laming
On 12 March 2009, Lord Laming published "The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report". The Government accepted the recommendations contained in the report and stated that they would publish a plan of action at a later date. This action plan has now been released and outlines the Government's responses to the recommendations including how ‘Central Government' will work with ‘local government' and front line services. These, in turn, include teachers, teaching assistants, school
Inspirations - Building Sights
The resource is a Teachers TV video that records the design and construction of a new classroom for a rural primary school considering the local environment, issues of sustainability and cost in its development.
Taking control: how teachers use research
This 2004 PRE-Online article draws on the findings of a National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, to identify the barriers preventing teachers from using research to inform their practice, as well as to highlight some of the ways Local Authorities have helped to remove these. The project also examined the barriers to accessing, engaging with, carrying out and sharing research, as well as evincing why teachers should be interested in using it.
Leading Sustainable Schools
The research document produced for NCSL looks into sustainability in schools, how these schools are being lead in a successful sustainable manner and the barriers that can prevent success. This document attempts to consider the issue of leadership for sustainability within the context of the wide spread changes in the English education system including buildings and grounds, curriculum and assessment, the relationship between schools and their local communities, the merging of education and chi
Developing your school's strategy for community engagement
The resource is a microsite, accessed from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) website. It provides information and resources to support secondary specialist schools in developing work with their local community, which has recently become a pre-requisite for retaining specialist school status.
KS1/2 Music - Managing Music at KS1
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme documenting two Year 1 music lessons, including reflection on and discussion about the lessons between the class teacher and the local authority music advisor.
Promoting Creativity in Initial Teacher Education; a study by tutors and students at Canterbury Chri
The resource is a research paper that forms part of a much wider initiative, the Higher Education Arts and Schools (HEARTS) project, and specifically discusses the development of a collaborative project between the education faculty at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and local schools. Entitled ‘Strangely Familiar’, the researchers aimed to demonstrate the impact of involvement in the Arts on creative teaching and thinking.