Schools Secretary Ed Balls should require schools transferring from the independent sector and becoming Academies to coordinate their admissions through their local authority, according to new research, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research.
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Our 164 grammar schools are the most conspicuous example of selection in our school system, but below the surface, and the detection of regulatory powers, lies a more widespread form of selection that affects large numbers of parents and pupils. In this article, I have chosen to focus on this 'back-door' selection, although the evidence can be applied to overt selection. by Sarah Tough, Research Fellow, ippr
The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced to reinforce and improve the skills of school support staff, allowing them to take on additional responsibilities and in doing so raise standards and reduce teacher workload. This is the first major research study of the deployment and impact of support staff who have achieved HLTA status. The study found:. By Rebekah Wilson, Caroline Sharp, Maha Shuayb, Lesley Kendall, Pauline Wade and Claire Easton.
Since the publication of the Children Act (2004), local authorities (LAs) and their partners have been working to support and improve outcomes for all children and young people in relation to the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda and the five outcomes. The work of LAs includes a focus on improving the outcomes for vulnerable groups of children and young people which, in LAs target data, often has a focus on narrowing the gap between these groups and all children and young people.