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COVID-19 and Social Mobility Impact Brief #5: Graduate Recruitment and Access to the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a considerable impact on Britain’s job market. Job vacancies have reduced by 65% compared to the same period last year with thousands of jobs already lost and just under a third of businesses planning to cut the size of their workforce in the next three months. The Office for Budget responsibility has predicted that overall unemployment (which stood at 3.9% between March and May this year) could rise to as high as 13% in the wake of the crisis; considerably higher than following the 2008 recession, when it reached a high of 8%....


Date Published: 29th July 2020
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National Food Strategy (Part One)

Part One of the two-part National Food Strategy contains urgent recommendations to support this country through the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare for the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020.   It focuses on making sure a generation of our most disadvantaged children do not get left behind, and grasping the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to decide what kind of trading nation we want to be.


Date Published: 29th July 2020
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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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Balancing the Risks of Pupils Returning to Schools

As we move into a phase of continuously reviewing decisions to keep schools open or shut, we need to recognise there are risks from having schools open and risks from having schools shut. In open schools, the risks to pupils themselves from COVID-19 are very low, though there are risks to school staff, parents/carers and the wider community.   Closing schools causes loss of learning and deterioration in children’s mental and physical health, for example. Keeping schools shut increases inequalities, in both children’s education achievement and their long-term prospects. The goal of “levelling up” therefore needs schools to be open....


Date Published: 24th July 2020
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Moving out to move on: understanding the link between internal migration, disadvantage and social mobility

The report finds that people from more privileged backgrounds are far more likely to move to prosperous areas with greater opportunities than those from less privileged backgrounds.   It sets out some policy suggestions including that:

Schoolwork in lockdown: new evidence on the epidemic of educational poverty

The closure of schools, and their only-partial re-opening, constitute a potential threat to the educational development of a generation of children. Since only a few among key workers’ children have been at school during the pandemic, it is important for policy-makers to understand how much mitigating schoolwork has been taking place in homes across the country. This report uses new, high-quality data undertaken one month into lockdown, to try to answer that question, and to examine how much support was being given.   It finds that the average amount of schoolwork being done at home, according to parents and family members, has...


Date Published: 16th June 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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The Annual Bullying Survey 2019

This year, we are celebrating our seventh annual edition of this crucial body of evidence; documenting the true extent and nature of bullying behaviours from the real and often unheard voices of the young people who experience it.   Our research continues to influence policy and innovation within the anti- bullying sector; whilst empowering educators and various other stakeholders to make more informed decisions in the prevention of bullying.   We continue to utilise this vital research in our own work; powering the development of innovative new support interventions, ultimately aiding our mission to combat bullying.   As always, 50% of the report benchmarks bullying...


Date Published: 11th November 2019
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UCAS 2020 Cycle Applicant Figures – 15 October Deadline

UCAS University Applications: Statistical release published on 7 November, providing core numbers for the 2020 October 15th application deadline, comparison data over ten cycles, and graphical illustrations of key trends.


Date Published: 7th November 2019
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Exploring Mental Health Inpatient Capacity

The pressure on mental health inpatient services in England is growing, and the impact of this pressure on people who use these services and on clinical staff cannot be underestimated. Staff working in mental health units want to deliver safe and effective services for patients, but these aims are severely challenged when wards are fully occupied. The use of inappropriate out of area placements means that individuals are separated from their families and social networks for the duration of their inpatient care. Of even more concern is that people who have received inpatient care out of...


Date Published: 6th November 2019
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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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Department for Education Departmental Overview

This overview summarises the work of the Department for Education including what it does, how much it spends, recent and major developments, and what to look out for across its main areas.   This Departmental Overview is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and its performance over the last year. The report focuses on the Department’s responsibilities and how it spends its money, key developments in its areas of work and findings from our recent reports.


Date Published: 28th October 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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Beyond the bare minimum – Are universities and colleges doing enough for disabled students?

Disabled students now make up a significant part of the student population. In 2017, 13.2 per cent of students attending an English university or college reported having at least one disability.1 Disabled students contribute to a more diverse student body and bring a wider variety of views to the seminar room. Students and staff have campaigned for more inclusive practices on campus and against government reforms to their funding. Wider acceptance in society has broadened their opportunities for employment after graduation. Such contributions have made universities and colleges more accessible than ever before.


Date Published: 18th October 2019
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Free schools in England: 2019 report

Free schools are new, state-funded schools that are independent of local authorities. They were one of the flagship education reforms introduced by the 2010 Coalition Government, based on a similar concept in Sweden and charter schools in the United States and Canada.   The first free schools opened in September 2011 and they now number over 500, and are in every region in England. In September 2019, the prime minister confirmed a renewed commitment to the free schools programme, with a further 220 set to open over the coming years.   In November 2017 the Education Policy Institute published its first...


Date Published: 17th October 2019
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Great School Libraries Survey Findings and Update on Phase 1

The Great School Libraries (GSL) campaign is a three-year campaign launched in September 2018 spearheaded by CILIP (the library and information association), the School Library Association (SLA) and CILIP’s School Libraries Group (CILIPSLG) and sponsored by Peters.   The campaign seeks to engage with stakeholders at all levels including school library workers, parents, teaching staff, senior leadership and decision makers. Through evidence-based research, this campaign advocates for every child to have access to a great school library. The campaign aims to show that adequately funded and staffed school libraries deliver enhanced and independent learning as well as reading and curriculum...


Date Published: 17th October 2019
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Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2019

Overall levels of crime showed falls in recent decades, but have remained broadly stable in recent years. While in the last year there has been no change in overall levels of crime, this hides variation seen in individual crime types. The latest figures show a mixed picture, with continued rises in some types of theft, “bank and credit account fraud” and falls in “computer viruses”. There were also increases in some of the less frequently occurring but higher-harm types of violence, including offences involving knives or sharp instruments.


Date Published: 17th October 2019
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International Charity Financial Benchmarking 2019

The charity sector continues to face uncertain times and this is particularly relevant for international charities. Significant media attention, such as high profile safeguarding cases and the public’s perception of the sector, combined with economic and political uncertainty, including Brexit, has created a difficult environment for many organisations within the sector. Whilst the external environment is challenging, there remains great need around the globe.   Our report, which builds upon and utilises the results from last year’s benchmarking survey, again takes a broad look at the sector, and includes charities of different sizes and operating models. The sample includes 180...


Date Published: 16th October 2019
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Underground Lives – Homelessness and Modern Slavery in London

Modern slavery is a horrific crime that turns a profit from the brutal exploitation of vulnerable people. In 2018, nearly 7,000 men, women and children were identified by First Responder organisations suspected to have been sold for sex, forced labour, forced to commit crimes or held as slaves in people’s homes. Tens of thousands more people are believed to remain trapped in the UK. Victims of modern slavery have suffered unimaginable trauma at the hands of their exploiters. Psychological manipulation, starvation, degradation, violence, abuse and rape are just some of the control mechanisms that are regularly used to force...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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