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Weekly DfE Publications - W/C 06/08/2018

Social mobility and opportunity areas

The delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas outline the plan to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities.

The selection methodology explains the decision regarding which areas would be classified as ‘opportunity areas’.

The selection data spreadsheet presents the data which was originally considered when identifying the areas in greatest need.

The 12 opportunity areas are:

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2016 to 2017

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions within the 2016 to 2017 academic year in:

It includes information on:

The release is based on exclusion data collected via the school census.

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2018 to 2019

Tables which set out the national funding formulae (NFF) allocations for 2018 to 2019. They are mainly for schools and local authorities.

The tables also include (now out of date) illustrative allocations for 2019 to 2020 and the fully implemented NFF.

Special educational needs in England: January 2018

This publication analyses the characteristics of pupils by their:

It is based on pupil-level data collected through the school census, general hospital school census and school-level annual school census (SLASC).

Academic performance of disadvantaged pupils in and out of London

This report presents the findings of an analytical assessment of the London Effect – the observation that educational performance in London has been improving compared to the rest of England since the late 1990s, especially for economically deprived pupils.

Regional differences in attainment in the early years

Research and analysis of data from:

The analysis addressed 2 main research questions:

International early learning and child wellbeing

IELS is a study of children’s cognitive and social-emotional development at age 5.

The study is being carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018 for the first time.

The research report includes information about England’s participation in the study.

School culture and practice: supporting disadvantaged pupils

This qualitative study provides evidence on cultures and practices seen in schools that perform well and less well for their disadvantaged pupils, inside and out of London. It provides insights for those interested in school improvement around practices that could be encouraged to improve attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Literacy and numeracy catch-up strategies

The review intends to support teachers to make evidence-informed decisions. This includes how to support low-attaining year 7 pupils by summarising the evidence on what does and doesn’t work.

This paper also includes a summary of broader principles which have helped the transition of pupils from primary to secondary school.

Further education: flexible learning fund

The £12.4 million fund supports projects to encourage more people to take part in new training or courses that will help them progress in current employment or secure a new job.

‘Flexible learning fund: successful applicants’ lists the 32 projects and their providers.

‘Flexible learning fund: specification for submitting proposals’ explains the requirements and assessment criteria for project proposals.

Children and young people's mental health: focus group research

The Department of Health and Social Care funded Youth Access, Young Minds and the National Children’s Bureau to carry out a series of focus groups to further understand the views of young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

Children in good or outstanding schools: August 2018

The data expands on figures already published on Ofsted’s state-funded schools inspection and outcome statistics which were published on 31 March 2018.

Secondary school choice and selection: national preferences data

The research presented in this report was commissioned by the Department for Education and undertaken by Lancaster University. It uses data on parent’s stated choice of secondary schools and their subsequent experience of gaining admission to chosen schools.

The analysis explores how choices and admissions vary across different English cities, and for different socio-demographic groups within those cities.

School leadership in an international context

The review aimed to understand the demographics of school leadership and the evidence of what works in Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and Singapore, specifically regarding the selection and development of school principals and leadership styles.

Treating students fairly: response to the House of Lords report

The government’s response reflects the fact that the Department for Education is continuing to develop policy in the areas covered by the report, alongside the review of post-18 education and funding.

The review’s independent panel is planning to publish an interim report, before the overall review is concluded in early 2019.

Independent special schools and colleges

Lists of all independent schools and colleges for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND), including:

NMSS are schools that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996

Alternative provision innovation fund

The £4 million alternative provision innovation fund was awarded to those listed in ‘Alternative provision innovation fund: successful applicants’.

The guidance explains the eligibility criteria, application process and assessment criteria for project proposals.

Alternative provision settings are places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

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