Document Summary Service March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am aware that I have written the summaries this month against a
backdrop of unprecedented change and uncertainty. I hope that you, our subscribers, are weathering the storms and keeping safe.

Amazingly, helpful and informative reports continue to appear and I
hope that I have managed this month to capture reports which will
engage your interest. There is, as you will see below, a particular
focus on higher education, although do note that these reports will
also be relevant to careers advisers and heads and teachers of Post-16.
At the other end of the education spectrum, there are 2 reports about
early years which will be of interest to all primary colleagues. There
are also reports on EAL, schools admissions and our beloved Ofsted
inspection system!

This month’s summaries
Links to the individual summaries


DSS 19/20 61 English as an Additional Language: Proficiency in English, Educational Achievement and Rate of Progress in English Language Learning

This report from the University of Oxford explores the relationship
between English as an Additional Language (EAL), Proficiency in English (PIE) and educational achievement.

DSS 19/20 62 The Watchmen Revisited: Curriculum and Faith in Ofsted’s New Inspection Framework

This report from Policy Exchange provides a comprehensive critique of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework.

DSS 19/20 63 Fairer Schools Admissions

This report from the Sutton Trust explores how teachers, school leaders and parents view the issues of social segregation within the schools admissions system.

DSS 19/20 64 Improving Mathematics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1

This guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation offers 5 practical evidence-based recommendations to support the mathematical learning of children aged 3 to 7 in the early years and Key Stage 1.

DSS 19/20 65 What Affects Student Wellbeing?

This report from Tim Blackman of the Open University digs into data
from a large scale survey of students to explore factors which promote or inhibit students’ wellbeing.

DSS 19/20 66 Study of Early Education and Development: Early Education Use and Child Outcomes up to age 5

This report from the DfE focuses on how early childhood education and care (ECEC) is related to children’s development during the school reception year.

DSS 19/20 67 The Impact of Undergraduate Degrees on Lifetime Earnings

This report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies makes use of new data to provide a more robust estimate of the overall return to
undergraduate degrees than has previously been possible.

DSS 19/20 68 UCAS – 2019 International Insights

This report from UCAS provides insight into applicants domiciled
outside the UK applying to UK higher education (HE).

DSS 19/20 69 The Third Degree: Re-examining Fair Access to Higher

This report from the Centre for Social Justice examines the barriers
faced by disadvantaged students in accessing higher education,
particularly at high tariff universities.

DSS 19/20 70 Universities at the Crossroads

In this paper for Policy Exchange, Iain Mansfield and Lucian Hudson
argue that higher education in the UK is in a vulnerable position and
that the value which it offers is not being effectively communicated.


Points of Information No.216

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