Bitesize Briefings

To keep our Partner Schools up-to-date on education policy developments and research, we send out one page briefings, summarising reports with key findings and the North East impact.

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Latest Bitesize Briefings

Warming the Cold Spots of Alternative Provision: A manifesto for system improvement

May 11, 2020

Centre for Social Justice

In this paper the CSJ have conducted an analysis to identify where in the country pupils educated in alternative provision (AP) have a poor-to-zero chance of receiving a quality education. They ranked inspection ratings, GCSE results, post-16 destinations, attendance and qualified teacher rates by local education authority (LA) area.

Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities inquiry

May 6, 2020

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

On the basis of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, the Committee of Public Accounts took evidence, including from the Department for Education, about support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic

May 6, 2020

Educational Policy Institute

This EPI policy paper contains an assessment of the likely impact of Covid-19 on the outcomes of children and young people, particularly the most disadvantaged.

Remote Learning: Rapid Evidence Assessment

April 22, 2020

Education Endowment Foundation

The EEF have put together a rapid review andassessment of the evidence available on the effectiveness of remote learning,investigating methods schools can use to support remote learning.

Outliers: On geographically isolated schools

March 3, 2020

Organisation: School Dash

This research looks into the effects of physical isolation (based on travel time from each school to the nearest major employment hub) and economic deprivation on school effectiveness, based on Ofsted ratings.

The effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students

February 19, 2020

Organisaton: EPI

This report undertakes a review of the evidence on the impact of teacher professional development, examining 52 randomised controlled trials evaluating teacher development programmes.

The Third Degree: Re-examining fair access to higher education

February 17, 2020

Organisation: The Centre for Social Justice

This paper looks into the major barriers faced by disadvantaged pupils in accessing higher education, and outlines recommendations to address some of these issues.

Teacher Autonomy: How does it relate to job satisfaction and retention?

January 29, 2020

Organisation: NFER

The NFER research looks at teacher autonomy, meaning the capacity to make informed decisions and/or act independently. They used data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study and the NFER’s Teacher Voice survey.

Ofsted Annual Report 2018/19

January 21, 2020

Organisation: Ofsted

The Ofsted Annual Report looks at schools, early years, further education and skills, and children’s social care for the academic year 2018 to 2019.

Early years workforce development in England

January 17, 2020

Organisation: EPI

This report examines key early years policies implemented since 2006. The EPI focussed on two policies targeted at increasing qualification levels, and the expansion of childcare entitlements.

Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019

January 10, 2020

Organisation: EPI

This EPI report looks at the proportion of referrals to CAMHS that are rejected, and the waiting times to assessment and treatment for accepted referrals.

Fight or Flight? How ‘stuck’ schools are overcoming isolation

January 8, 2020

Organisation: Ofsted

This report explores why some schools that have had consistently poor Ofsted inspections are able to improve while others are not, by visiting a sample of schools and interviewing staff and governors/trustees.

T Levels Research: How are the Providers Preparing for Delivery

December 10, 2019

Organisation: NFER

This report provides a follow-up to the T Levels Research Study report, which was published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in June 2019. It is based on discussions that took place at NFER’s T Levels round table event, which was held in London on 8th October 2019.

Teacher Wellbeing Index 2019

November 11, 2019

Organisation: Education Support

This report explores the mental health and wellbeing of education professionals, and looks at trends over time. This is the third year of the survey, and had a sample size of 3019.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities inquiry

October 23, 2019

Organisation: Education Selection Committee

The report follows an 18-month inquiry (launched on 18th April 2018) into the 2014 Children and Families Bill, aimed at placing children and young people at the heart of the SEND system.

Free Schools in England: 2019 report

October 17, 2019

Organisation: EPI

This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the free schools programme, including whether it is successfully targeting areas in the country that are most in need of school places.

How attainment gaps emerge from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 4

October 14, 2019

Organisation: FFT Education Datalab

Foundation Stage Profile assessments were first collected in England in 2006/07. This means that those completing Key Stage 4 in 2017/18 were the first for which assessments can be linked at Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1, 2 and 4. The FFT Datalab analysis uses value added scores based on attainment in reading/English and mathematics.

Teacher Workload Survey 2019

October 11, 2019

Organisation: DfE

The Teacher Workload Survey (TWS) 2019 is a large-scale survey of teachers, middle leaders, and senior leaders, conducted over a three-week period in March 2019, conducted by the Department for Education.

Not going to plan? Education, Health and Care Plans two years on

October 4, 2019

Organisation: Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

This is the latest report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman about the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process. The report looks at common problems the Ombudsman finds when investigating parents’ complaints.

IFS 2019 Annual Report on Education Spending in England

September 19, 2019

Organisation: IFS

The IFS second annual report on education spending in England provides measures of spending per student in the early years, schools, further education and higher education back to the early 1990s. This comprehensive report provides analysis of a wide range of spending data at all levels.

The Careers and Enterprise Company’s State of the Nation 2019

September 19, 2019

Organisation: The Careers and Enterprise Company

State of the Nation 2019 describes careers provision in England’s secondary schools and colleges at the end of the academic year 2018/19. The report draws on data that has been collected through the Compass self-assessment tool. The Compass tool assesses schools’ and colleges’ careers programmes in relation to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.

UCL Report on Teachers’ Working Hours in England

September 17, 2019

Organisation: UCL Institute of Education

Drawing on datasets from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the Labour Force Survey, UK Time-Use Diaries, and Teacher Tapp, this report provides a comprehensive assessment in teachers’ working hours between 1992 and 2018.

Parentkind Annual Survey 2019 - School Funding

September 16, 2019

Organisation: Parentkind

The Annual Parent Survey carried out by Parentkind gauges parental views from a large sample size of 1,500 parents (1,200 in England, 200 in Wales and 100 in Northern Ireland). This report focuses on their key findings on school funding.

Forgotten Third Commission

September 11, 2019

Organisation: ASCL

The ‘Forgotten Third’ refers to those pupils who fall short of a grade 4 pass in English and maths at the end of Key Stage 4. The exam system currently places just over a third of students to falling below this bar every year because of a mechanism called ‘comparable outcomes’ under which the distribution of GCSE grades is determined largely by how similar cohorts have performed in the past.

Support for Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in England

September 11, 2019

Organisation: NAO

The report assesses how well pupils with SEND are being supported, following on from changes to the system under the Children and Families Act 2014. The report examined: the system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving; funding, spending, and financial sustainability; and the quality of support and experience of pupils and parents.

The Impact of College Mergers in Further Education

September 9, 2019

Organisation: DfE

This report examines how college mergers affect financial performance using an entirely quantitative approach (with some analysis on student success rates).

Survey of School Business Professionals 2019

September 5, 2019

Organisation: DfE

The main aims of this research were to understand the evolving role of school business professionals and assess the impact (awareness and use) of certain DfE financial tools and resources available online.