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Schools must broaden focus to improve results and boost pupil well-being

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Schools must broaden focus to improve results and boost pupil well-being

Schools need ambitious reform to improve learning and help lay the foundations for children to enjoy a healthy and happy adulthood, says the Institute for Public Policy Research.The think tank unveils a range of proposals to tackle the recent plateau in pupil progress and enhance young people’s well-being – including helping to fuel their natural curiosity and giving adolescents support in tackling the many challenges they face.


By IPPR, UK.


Education Policy Resource.


Readers and Reading: the National Report for England 2006 (PIRLS: Progress in International Reading

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Readers and Reading: the National Report for England 2006 (PIRLS: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)

PIRLS is the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. This rigorous international survey compares the reading attainment and attitudes to reading of over 200,000 9- and 10-year-old children in 41 countries. It is the only international study to provide information on the reading habits of primary-aged children: the survey collects information not just on reading attainment, but also about children’s reading attitudes and habits, and whether and what they read for pleasure.


By NFER, UK.


Education Policy Resource.


Quality and standards in primary education: international evidence

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Quality and standards in primary education: international evidence

This review was specially commissioned for the Primary Review and examines international survey evidence on the performance of English children of primary school age in relation to those from other countries. It starts by setting out the context of these international surveys and specifies those which are discussed here. It examines the methodological basis of the surveys, noting criticisms and problems, before considering the survey findings in mathematics, reading and science. The strengths and limitations of the data are assessed, and implications for the future international monitoring of educational standards are identified.


By NFER, UK.


Education Policy Resource.


Intergenerational practice literature review

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Intergenerational practice literature review

The term ‘intergenerational practice’ covers a wide range of activities, and is only loosely defined (Pain, 2005; Granville, 2002). The accepted definition is that ‘intergenerational programmes are vehicles for the purposeful and ongoing exchange of resources and learning amongst older and younger generations for individual and social benefits’ (Abrahams et al., 2007, p. 1). Intergenerational practice tends to consist of small scale, intensive projects that bring older and younger people together in planned activities, and the range of approaches and activities varies (Pain, 2005).


By NFER, UK.


Education Policy Resource.