A surge of interesting new reports have recently come out – reflecting some of the latest research and ideas about education, the impact of austerity measures and child wellbeing. Have a read and leave a comment. 

First to begin with Joe’s story ‘From Care to University’. 

From care to university 

The aim of the Unite Foundation is to provide a safe and secure home for young people with care experience and estranged young people. Their annual report shares the stories of scholarship students, identifies new areas of activity and explores how the Foundation can positively influence student experience in Higher Education.

Read Joe’s story: From Care to University

Download: Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme 2019/2020 Guidance & Information

Download Unite Foundation: Impact Report 2019


Education of children in care: small changes that can make a big difference

new report from the Centre for Inclusive Education at UCL’s Institute of Education highlights what schools are doing well and where things could improve. The study, The education of children in care in North East England, also showcases the views of children gathered from one to one interviews and for the first time from classroom observations.

“Two key findings stood out… The first was that children wanted to be stretched.” To find out the second key finding, take a look at Michael Bettencourt’s blog here

Read the full report at source: UCL Centre For Inclusive Education In collaboration with the North East Virtual School Region


Education in England: Annual Report 2019

The Education Policy Institute (EPI), in partnership with the Fair Education Alliance (FEA), has published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England.

The new report examines the progress made in closing the gap in educational attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, known as ‘the disadvantage gap’. The measure is a leading indicator of social mobility.

The research, which is based on the latest Department for Education data, also considers how the gap has changed since 2011 and how it varies across the country. It also looks at how pupils from different backgrounds perform, as well as the routes taken by students after taking their GCSEs.

You can download the report here.

What if schools valued wellbeing more than results?

The New Zealand government puts mental health above economic stability. Our schools should do the same, says Tara Porter.

Governments throughout the world organise their budgets with the aim of economic stability and growth. The New Zealand government has become one of the first governments in the world to turn this idea on its head. They have designed their budget not around monetary aims but around wellbeing aims.

Read the full piece at source: What if schools valued wellbeing more than results?


Timpson review of school exclusion

The Timpson review, carried out by former children’s minister Edward Timpson, was supposed to be published last year but has been heavily delayed. Published May 2019, the review made 30 recommendations for the government to consider, and the education secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed he accepts them all “in principle”.

The Timpson review was commissioned in response the first findings of the Race Disparity Audit in 2016 to analyse the role of ethnicity in relation to health, education, employment and the criminal justice system. 

Schools Week pulled out some of the findings from the report itself. Download here or read the full report here


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