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Teacher Labour Market in Wales

The recruitment, development and retention of teachers and school leaders is a crucial underpinning for a successful education system. Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of high-quality teachers employed in schools is necessary for the school system to deliver a high-quality education for all children and young people, particularly as the Curriculum for Wales is being introduced.   NFER’s annual Teacher Labour Market in Wales report aims to analyse the state of the Welsh teacher labour market by measuring the key indicators and trends of teacher recruitment and retention. This is the first of three annual reports funded by the Nuffield Foundation,...


Date Published: 28th July 2020
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Impact of school closures on the attainment gap

Education Endowment Foundation (2020) Impact of school closures on the attainment gap: Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Education Endowment Foundation.   This rapid evidence assessment aimed to examine the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap, based on a systematic search of existing literature. Eleven studies were identified that provided quantitative evidence about the impact of school closures on attainment gaps. A subset of nine studies provided comparable estimates that could be synthesised.   Although the search included school closures with a range of causes (including due to adverse weather, hurricanes, teacher industrial action and pandemics) the final group of robust estimates...


Date Published: 2nd June 2020
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Supporting Vulnerable Young People through Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the education and youth sector into uncharted territory.   Head teachers and MAT leaders across the country are working with incredible determination and devotion, rising to the challenge of serving their pupils and communities at this most challenging of times. Already, we have seen colleagues open food banks in their schools, create detailed contact plans to support children in the weeks ahead and helping families negotiate with housing services and landlords.   A lot of discussion has centred around online learning, with schools hatching plans to ensure that learning carries on at home in the months ahead. A...


Date Published: 3rd April 2020
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Character Education Framework Guidance

This guidance is for school leaders and teachers considering the rationale for character education and personal development, and the practicalities of provision and delivery.   The guidance will support schools as they consider:
  • the 2019 Ofsted inspection framework
  • the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils
  • preparations for the introduction of ‘Relationships education’ and ‘Health education’ in primary schools, and ‘Relationships, sex and health education’ in secondary schools
  The guidance provides schools with 6 benchmarking questions to support reflection and the self-evaluation of current provision.


Date Published: 5th November 2019
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. First Report of Session 2019-20

In 2014, Parliament legislated with the intention of transforming the educational experiences of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The reforms were ambitious: the Children and Families Bill sought to place young people at the heart of the system. However, as we set out in this report, that ambition remains to be realised. Let down by failures of implementation, the 2014 reforms have resulted in confusion and at times unlawful practice, bureaucratic nightmares, buckpassing and a lack of accountability, strained resources and adversarial experiences, and ultimately dashed the hopes of many.   The reforms were the...


Date Published: 23rd October 2019
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