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Influences and leverages on low levels of attainment: a review of literature and policy initiatives
This report from the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL), based at the Institute of Education, London, is a review of a wide range of literature and policy initiatives considering the influences and leverages on low attainment in schools. In the context of this report a leverage is an initiative, intervention or strategy which seeks to tackle low attainment. It looks at the influence on progression and attainment in early and mid childhood, adolescence and early adulthoo
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Teachers TV Vocational Education Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 13 July) looking at all aspects of vocational education in secondary schools, including the new diplomas, vocational GCSEs and the benefits of collaboration between schools, FE colleges and training providers.
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The influence of context on attainment in primary school: interactions between children, family and
This resource is one of a series of research reports published by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, Institute of Education, London. The report explores the influence of social and personal development which takes place in home and school environments, and how it may help influence children’s achievement. The report considers the relative importance of four different contexts, or ‘spheres of influence’ on pupil achievement in England at Key Stage 2 (age 10/11). The
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Botanic Gardens as Environments for Learning
This is a report for teachers from a project looking at the educational opportunities offered by Botanic gardens. The work at King’s College London was funded by the National Science Foundation. The report provides background knowledge on why plants matter, on science concepts, on the roles of botanic gardens, on research on teaching about plants, and on types of visits and possible outcomes. Case studies show the variety of learning that pupils might gain from visits. The report ends with sug
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Communities in recession: the impact on deprived neighbourhoods
This ‘Round-up’ reviews the evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s body of research and neighbourhood level unemployment data 1985-2009, comparing the social and economic consequences on specific deprived areas of the UK. Comparisons are made with two former recessions (of the early 1980s and 1990s) with the recession of 2008-9. It reports on the extent to which these identified communities shared in, or were excluded from, the benefits of the economic growth of the intervening yea
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Sci-tutors: Life processes and Living Things: Green Plants and Organisms
The article from the Sci-tutors website provides an outline of the expectations of the National Curriculum regarding green plants at Key Stages 1 - 4 and explores the various alternative conceptions held by learners.
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Transforming Education Outside the Classroom. Sixth Report of Session 2009-10
This recently published report from the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee endorses the importance of learning outside the classroom and recommends further funding from the DCSF to improve and increase provision. Despite ‘a very strong body of evidence’ to show the benefits of out-of-school learning, the report suggests that little progress has been made since the previous report on this area, five years ago.
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Mediating Change: Culture and Climate Change
Every generation faces challenges that previous generations could scarcely imagine. Twenty years ago, few people were talking about climate change, now it's one of the most hotly-contested areas in politics. How do artists, writers, musicians and broadcasters respond when a new subject appears that is as large and significant as this? What kind of novels, plays, paintings, sculptures, movies and music begin to emerge? ‘Mediating Change’ is a four-part series, chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Que
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2.3 Obesity – an evolutionary perspective

If you were now to take a broader biological approach to the data discussed in the previous section you might still be puzzled. Excess body weight leads to a variety of diseases, including diabetes, osteoarthritis and so on – surely this must reduce overall biological fitness.

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Structural materials in cells
Where does the structure of our body come from? This unit looks at the structure of cells and how proteins are used by both animals and plants to create a framework for cellular growth. You will also learn how a material as fine as spider silk can exceed the strength of steel.
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2.3.4 More surface disruption

Now let's examine some detailed images of the region of Europa's northern hemisphere that was indicated on Figure 17 (see Section 2.3.2). A medium resolution image is shown in Figure 21, and higher resolution images from within this area are shown in Author(s): The Open University

Buruli Ulcer Disease: Buruli Plaque
"This video ""Buruli Ulcer Disease: Buruli Plaque"" is part of a multimedia-based module by Richard Phillips, Stephen Sarfo, Emmanuel Adu, Veronica Owusu-Afriyie, and Cary Engleberg (University of Michigan). This video addresses the question of: What is the usual presentation and course of Buruli ulcer disease? The complete learning module is available through the African Health OER Network at: http://www.oerafrica.org/healthoer/Home/FindOER/ResourceResults/tabid/1864/mctl/Details/id/37489/Defa
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Armen Awards 2014 | Talsma
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Adding Texture to a Horse Head Sculpture
Learn how to add texture to a clay horse head sculpture in this ceramic art video lesson with expert Jorge Benlloch. English captions. (02:23)
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Fish food
Phytoplankton are tiny single-celled plants found throughout the world's oceans. Although they're small, they're crucial, because they provide food for the rest of the marine food chain.
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Galling attack
Gall wasps are so named because they con plants and trees into making so-called galls - abnormal growths - which they use as a defence against their enemies.
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Aliens and underwater volcanoes
Britain's being invaded by aliens. But they're not the sorts of aliens you'll see in science fiction movies. No, we're talking plants and animals. You've probably heard of a lot of them. Grey squirrels, harlequin ladybirds, buddleia, Japanese knotweed - the list goes on.
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Climate science, Vikings and other invasive species
Look around the English countryside and you'll find animals and plants that shouldn't be there -- from Muntjac deer to Mitten crabs, Harlequin ladybirds to Tree of Heaven.
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Ulysses S. Grant's Presidency
General Ulysses S. Grant parlayed his celebrity after the Civil War into a successful bid for the presidency. In this video clip, learn characteristics about President Grant and how he took advantage of his celebrity after the Civil War. (02:31)
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Initial teacher training
Initial teacher training Hello, I am looking for some information (i.e. research) into the impact that trainee teachers may have on the school in which they have their teaching placements - in particular some quantative data on the impact on pupil achievement. I have searched the TTRB and found the R&D piece "Does school-based initial teacher training affect secondary school performance" and the Partnership piece "What are the benefits to schools of involvement with teacher training" (and a cou
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