Education Policy and Research Service September 2021

Dear Colleagues

I am delighted to bring you the first collection of summaries from the Education Policy and Research Service – the Document Summary Service has now been laid to rest and we move forward with a new and improved service!

Plenty of reports awaited me when I returned from my summer break. Over the summer, Ofsted produced 2 new research reports in Music and History, and the DfE produced the updated National Autism Strategy. Some reports continue to analyse and reflect on the effects of the pandemic, such as the government POST note on the effect of COVID-19 on children’s mental health Teacher trainers may well find that the NFER report on student teacher placement capacity resonates with current experiences!

I am really pleased to be able to include this month 2 reports submitted by colleagues here at the School of Education. The first, by Professor Paul Howard Jones and his team, looks at teachers’ attitudes towards Climate Change Education. A timely report ahead of the COP26 summit – it featured recently on GB news. The second is a report on increasing opportunities for early years teachers to develop research – well worth a read, even if you work with another phase.

We have decided this year to drop the ‘Points of Information’, and instead encourage subscribers to read the weekly update emails.

This month’s summaries are below.

EPRS 21/22 1 The National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People, and Adults: 2021-2026

The strategy from the DfE sets out a vision for what the government wants autistic people and their families’ lives to be like in 2026 across 6 priority areas, and the steps which national and local government, the NHS and others will take towards this.

EPRS 21/22 2 The Views of Teachers in England on an Action-Oriented Climate Change Curriculum

This research by a team from the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, and Oldfield School in Bath surveyed the views of 626 primary and secondary teachers about their attitudes and beliefs regarding Climate Change Education.

EPRS 21/22 3 Curriculum Research Review Series: History

This research from Ofsted explores research relating to history to identify factors that contribute to high-quality school history curriculums, assessment, pedagogy, and systems.

EPRS 21/22 4 Curriculum Research Review Series: Music

This research from Ofsted explores research relating to history to identify factors that contribute to high-quality school history curriculums, assessment, pedagogy and systems.

EPRS 21/22 5 Researchful Practice in Early Years Settings

This project from Dr Frances Giampapa at the University of Bristol School of Education and Dr Claire Lee from Oxford Brookes University helps early years practitioners to engage with research.

EPRS 21/22 6 A Fair Start?

This report from University College London presents findings from a survey of 1,653 primary teachers in state schools in England.

EPRS 21/22 7 Children’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This POST report from the government summarises evidence about the mental health and wellbeing of children (under 18 years old) before and during the pandemic.

EPRS 21/22 8 Grading Gaps in Summer 2020: who was affected by differences between centre assessment grades and calculated grades?

This report from Ofqual explores whether there is any pattern in the data to suggest that specific groups of A level candidates were affected by discrepancies between centre assessed grades and calculated grades.

EPRS 21/22 9 Home Learning Experiences through the COVID-19 Pandemic

This report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies looks at pupils’ home learning experiences the first 12 months of educational disruption, from the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020 until the end of the second period of school closures in March 2021.

EPRS 21/22 10 Initial Teacher Training Capacity in English Schools

This report from the NFER explores placement capacity for student teachers in England’s schools.

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