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Children’s Services
Demos;                   The leadership imperative: reforming children's services from the     1
GatenbySanderson         ground up

Early Years Education
National Day             Why duplicate? A mixed economy and partnership working to             1
Nurseries Association    deliver quality childcare for all
Ethnic Minorities
Glasgow City             Effective teaching and learning in a multi-ethnic education system:   1
                         advice to education services

Health Initiatives
East Renfrewshire        Hungry for success                                                    2
East Renfrewshire        Active Schools Programme                                              2
Hannaford, Sarah;        Drinking, smoking, drugs and sexual intercourse: education and        2
ARK, Northern            influences for young people in Northern Ireland
Ireland, Social and
Political Archive
Integrated Services
Barton, Lynne; Clarke,   Altogether now: an evaluation of the key working process in           2
Lynnette;                Warwickshire. First report: professional and parental views
Pupil Attitudes
Hounslow                 The Children and Young People's Participation Strategy                3

Northamptonshire         Northampton Town Learning Partnership                                 3

School Improvement
Coventry                 Some suggested strategies for raising Y11 attainment                  3
Coventry                 The Coventry Secondary Teaching and Learning Partnerships             3
Glasgow City             Quality in every classroom: a professional dialogue with primary      4

School Premises
Sunderland               Building Schools for the Future: final report                         4
Sunderland               Building Schools for the Future: stakeholders' visits to schools      4
Small Schools
Highland                Cluster primary school management model                          4
Norfolk                 Headteacher Management Partnerships                              5

Special Educational Needs
Carville, Sheelagh et   Language development programmes: coverage and effectiveness of   5
al; Northern Ireland    provision in Northern Ireland (0-36 months)
Statistics & Research
Pembrokeshire,          Access Strategy 2004-2007                                        5
Structure Charts
Camden                  Children Schools and Families                                    5
East Sussex             Children's Services structure chart                              6
Merthyr Tydfil          Integrated Children's Services                                   6
Thurrock                Directorate of Children, Education and Families                  6
Synopsis 37         To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number   Page 1

Children’s Services
       The leadership imperative:          Executive summary of a report concerning the formation of
reforming children's services from         children's services. The report argues that a culture of risk
                    the ground up          aversion could obscure the professional judgement of workers in
                                           children's services and might neglect the needs of children. The
       Demos; GatenbySanderson
                                           report is based on in-depth interviews with local authority
                  December 2005
                                           Directors of Children's Services.
                            6 pages

Early Years Education
Why duplicate? A mixed economy             Research report on the ways in which local authorities and
and partnership working to deliver         private and voluntary independent (PVI) childcare providers
           quality childcare for all       are taking the Ten Year Strategy for Children agenda
                                           forward. The NDNA gathered case study material and issued a
              National Day Nurseries
                                           survey to their 2,000 members in England. The report analyses
                Association (NDNA)
                                           the results and gives evidence of partnership work in children's
                      November 2005
                                           centres. It considers whether extended schools add to
                           23 pages        duplication and whether business rates and other factors have
                                           held back affordability. It also looks at opportunities which have
                                           been missed, and gives further scope for growth through local
                                           partnerships. The questionnaire sent is included as an

Ethnic Minorities
 Effective teaching and learning in        A report that suggests how the resources available to the
  a multi-ethnic education system:         authority can be used in the best interest of all children in
      advice to education services         multi-ethnic schools in Glasgow. The report is compiled in the
                                           context of the authority's efforts to ascertain what is effective
                       Glasgow City
                                           and what is not effective in terms of raising attainment. The
                       October 2005
                                           project draws on the considerable expertise and experience
                           44 pages        within Education Services, from schools in the sectors of, pre-
                                           five, primary, SEN, and secondary (including those with
                                           substantial numbers of black and ethnic minority pupils), from
                                           the bilingual support units, Glasgow Asylum Seeker Support
                                           Programme, Psychological Services, the Education
                                           Improvement Service, speech and language therapy. The
                                           strands of the project are presented under the following
                                           headings: assessment of current language acquisition and
                                           development need; analysis of relative attainment and
                                           performance; profiling of current good practice, locally and
                                           nationally; recommendations on staffing and curriculum models;
                                           identification of required staff development; development of
                                           parental support strategies. This project was undertaken by the
                                           New Education Commission which was established to improve
                                           attainment, ambition and achievement in Glasgow.
Page 2             To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number   Synopsis 37

Health Initiatives
               Hungry for success         Report to committee updating progress with the
                                          development of Hungry for Success. A strategy group leads
                East Renfrewshire
                                          the healthy eating agenda which is embedded within the
                   November 2005
                                          council's Policy and Financial Plan and also forms part of the
                          13 pages        Corporate Strategy. Includes details of planned expenditure and
                                          an Action Plan which shows responsibilities, timescales and
                                          progress to date.
         Active Schools Programme         Report to committee concerning progress on the Active
                                          Schools Programme and the developments that have taken
                East Renfrewshire
                                          place in physical education, sport and physical activity in
                   November 2005
                                          schools during the session 2004-05. Describes the Active
                           9 pages        Schools staffing structure and their responsibilities. Appendices
                                          provides a description of an Active School and what can be
    Drinking, smoking, drugs and          Report based on the findings of the 2004 Young and Life
sexual intercourse: education and         Times survey of 16- year olds in Northern Ireland. It
   influences for young people in         concerns their use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, their
                  Northern Ireland        experience of sexual intercourse, the education they had
                                          received in these areas and what they thought the main
 Hannaford, Sarah; ARK, Northern
                                          influence was on their attitudes. The report also directly cites
      Ireland, Social and Political
                                          some of the responses the young people gave. Results for male
                                          and female respondents are considered separately. The survey
                         May 2005
                                          also asks the respondents what education they received
                           4 pages        regarding smoking, drinking, sexual intercourse, illegal drugs
                                          and solvent abuse.
                                          Also available on the web at

Integrated Services
  Altogether now: an evaluation of        An evaluative report on the pilot project to establish an
       the key working process in         integrated service for disabled children, young people and
        Warwickshire. First report:       their families. The pilot established a team of multi-agency,
  professional and parental views         multi-skilled professionals from the statutory and voluntary
                                          sectors. The team was co-ordinated by a jointly funded
  Barton, Lynne; Clarke, Lynnette;
                                          managerial post and supported by senior managers from
                                          education, health and social services. It involved named key
                   November 2005
                                          workers for a small number of families caring for a child with
                         120 pages        complex needs. The pilot project served as the test bed for a
                                          unified service for disabled children to be in place by April 2006.
                                          The report describes national policies and reviews national
                                          evaluations before setting out the local context. The evaluation
                                          addresses: current practice; management and planning;
                                          functions of key workers; skills and knowledge; inter-agency
                                          team working; participation; services and access; information,
                                          advice and training. Includes the results of interviews with
                                          parents and carers and describes the evaluation methodology.
                                          Draws conclusion and presents recommendations. Appendices
                                          contain documents used in the evaluation and other key papers
                                          relating to the service.
                                          Available, price £5.00, from Lynne Barton, Integrated Disability
                                          Service, Warwickshire County Council, Unit 33, Stonleigh Deer
                                          Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2LY. Tel: 01926 731449.
Synopsis 37       To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number    Page 3

Pupil Attitudes
 The Children and Young People's         This Participation Strategy aims to ensure that children and
            Participation Strategy       young people who are involved in the Council's decisions
                                         are engaged in genuine participation and not consultation.
                                         Describes the purpose and nature of participation. Also
                   November 2005
                                         describes the initial consultation that took place and the issues
                         20 pages        that the children considered to be important. They were asked
                                         how they wished to be involved, how they would prefer to
                                         monitor the Council's decisions and services and whether they
                                         wished to meet councillors, one of whom is designated. The
                                         Youth Champion. Concludes with recommendations arising from
                                         the consultation. Appendices present statistical charts and
                                         tables relating to the consultation.

     Northampton Town Learning           A report on the objectives and the initial activities of the
                   Partnership           Northampton Town Learning Partnership. This was
                                         established to change education in Northampton from a three
                                         tier to a two tier pattern and to apply creative and innovative
                      August 2005
                                         thinking to the design and structure of learning opportunities
                          8 pages        both inside and out of the traditional school environment. The
                                         changes resulted in 47 lower schools, 19 middle schools and 9
                                         upper schools becoming 50 primary and 9 secondary schools
                                         from September 2004. The secondary schools include 2 single
                                         sex schools, a Roman Catholic School, a new Church of
                                         England School, and an Academy. Over 26,000 pupils, 3,000
                                         school staff and 1,200 governors have been involved in the
                                         change. The report describes the organisation and planning
                                         involved, progress to date and details of several new
                                         developments that have arisen from the re-organisation. The
                                         Partnership has reviewed its own structure and a flow chart
                                         shows a new structure for future developments.

School Improvement
    Some suggested strategies for        Guidance on the intervention strategies that have been
           raising Y11 attainment        used within the authority to raise Key Stage 4 attainment.
                                         The checklist of good practice is intended to facilitate the review
                                         of current approaches.
                     October 2005
                          2 pages

The Coventry Secondary Teaching          An account of the Secondary Teaching and Learning
       and Learning Partnerships         Partnerships formed in 2003 to improve performance at Key
                                         Stages 3 and 4. All secondary schools joined two partnerships
                                         in the East and West of the city. Describes the key aims of the
                  September 2005
                                         partnerships, the key elements of each partnership and their
                          8 pages        initial impact. Includes statistical tables showing changes in
                                         English and Maths attainment and a chart showing the various
                                         grants and initiatives that fed into the partnerships.
Page 4            To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number   Synopsis 37

     Quality in every classroom: a       A draft consultation document designed to engage primary
professional dialogue with primary       school teachers in dialogue concerning the Scottish
                          teachers       Executive framework for 3-18 curriculum, A Curriculum for
                                         Excellence. Describes the values, purpose and implementation
                    Glasgow City
                                         proposals set out in A Curriculum for Excellence and relates
                   December 2005
                                         these to what would need to be done in Glasgow. Also assesses
                          12 pages       the implications of the McCrone report, its impact on the role of
                                         the teacher and relates these to current developments in
                                         Glasgow. This project was undertaken by the New Education
                                         Commission which was established to improve attainment,
                                         ambition and achievement in Glasgow.
                                         EMIE also holds the secondary version, GLAS23277

School Premises
  Building Schools for the Future:       Report presenting the conclusions and recommendations
                       final report      of a series of workshops relating to the authority's Building
                                         Schools for the Future project. The conclusions are presented
                                         under 10 categories: general issues; management issues;
                       March 2005
                                         future proofing; special spaces; relationship with the wider
                          68 pages       community; security; environment; sustainability;
                                         communications. The Report explains the purpose of the
                                         project, the process, the participants, the administrative
                                         arrangements and the facilitators. There is a section devoted the
                                         outcomes of a Design Festival. Concludes with
                                         recommendations for the next steps.
  Building Schools for the Future:       A description of the programme of visits to five schools in
   stakeholders' visits to schools       the North East designed to inform the authority's Building
                                         Schools for the Future project. The visits focused on school
                                         design and aimed to provide Sunderland schools with the
                   September 2005
                                         confidence to contribute to their own planning and remodelling
                          32 pages       of schools. Describes the preparation for the visits, the
                                         programme and the evaluation. Contains key findings from each
                                         school visit under the headings: involvement of key staff;
                                         storage provision; natural ventilation; stairs, WCs, entrances and
                                         exits; select robust materials; landscape and external social
                                         areas; social spaces; flexible space; acoustics; future

Small Schools
           Cluster primary school        Report to committee setting out the background to the
              management model           current arrangements for the management of smaller
                                         primary schools with a pupil roll of less than 145. The report
                                         recommends the adoption of a cluster model for the
                     January 2006
                                         management of such schools. Presents statistics of primary
                           5 pages       schools with less than 146 pupils and highlights the increased
                                         leadership and management roles of headteachers over the
                                         past decade. Describes declining school roles, recruitment
                                         difficulties and the age profile of teachers. Reports on an
                                         existing pilot primary cluster and recommends the model.
Synopsis 37         To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number    Page 5

        Headteacher Management             A report on Headteacher Management Partnerships
                    Partnerships           prepared for discussion with integrated governing bodies.
                                           Describes the difficulties when recruiting headteachers for small
                                           primary schools. Eleven Headteacher Partnerships have been
                       January 2006
                                           established, mostly in rural schools. The schools retain their
                            2 pages        governing bodies, but share a headteacher. Describes the role
                                           of the headteacher and the funding arrangements. Sets out the
                                           benefits of the Partnerships and describes the conditions that
                                           make a Partnership a suitable option.

Special Educational Needs
           Language development            Report documenting the coverage of existing speech and
       programmes: coverage and            language development programmes in Northern Ireland for
      effectiveness of provision in        children in the 0-36 month age range. Establishes a
    Northern Ireland (0-36 months)         hierarchical model of effectiveness criteria for the successful
                                           delivery of such programmes. The involvement of parents was
 Carville, Sheelagh; et al; Northern
                                           seen as a key element of programmes. A telephone survey was
     Ireland Statistics & Research
                                           carried out to determine the extent, location and type of
                                           language programmes available for children in this age group. A
                       January 2006
                                           postal survey of the providers of early years speech and
                           80 pages        language programmes was also carried out, as were interviews
                                           with key personnel involved in their delivery. The report found
                                           that the majority of organisations involved in the delivery of such
                                           provision fall under the remit of a Sure Start delivery while
                                           79.1% promote language within a holistic development
       Access Strategy 2004-2007           This document addresses the duty placed on
                                           Pembrokeshire County Council by Part IV of the Disability
              Pembrokeshire, Penfro
                                           Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Special
                      January 2006
                                           Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001) to plan to
                           14 pages        increase progressively the accessibility of its schools to
                                           disabled pupils. The planning duty requires local authorities to
                                           produce Access Strategies and schools to produce Access
                                           Plans to cover the period 2004 to 2007. The Access Strategy
                                           and Plans embrace the three strands as set out in Section 28D
                                           of the SEN and Disability Act 2001. Section A: increasing the
                                           extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school
                                           curriculum and in activities such as after school clubs, leisure
                                           and sporting events and school trips. Section B: improving the
                                           physical environment of schools for disabled pupils. Section C:
                                           improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils.
                                           Includes sections on financial resources, monitoring and
                                           evaluation, consultation. Concludes with an Action Plan.

Structure Charts
A collection of structure charts for children’s services departments was published on the EMIE
website in January. Those listed below have been added recently. See http://www.nfer.ac.uk/emie
    Children Schools and Families          A chart showing the structure and constituent parts of the
                                           Children Schools and Families Directorate.
                    September 2005
                              1 page
Page 6             To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number   Synopsis 37

Children's Services structure chart       A chart showing the structure and constituent parts of the
                                          Children's Services Directorate.
                      East Sussex
                    November 2005
                             1 page

    Integrated Children's Services        A collection of structure charts showing the divisions and sub-
                                          divisions of the Integrated Children's Services department.
                     Merthyr Tydfil
                      January 2006
                           7 pages

 Directorate of Children, Education       A brief description of the rationale and function of each
                       and Families       service within the new Directorate structure. The new
                                          Corporate Directorate is effectively divided into two service
                                          directorates: Social Care and Prevention and Learning and
                   September 2005
                                          School Effectiveness with two strategic support functions in
                           5 pages        Resources and Quality Assurance. Describes each department
                                          within the Directorate and includes a structure plan.
Synopsis 37       To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number      Page 7

eddie talk

eddie at Mailtalk
The eddie and VirTrans lists changed host to Mailtalk at the end of January, as the former host,
Mailbase, is closing in July. Mailtalk is a mailing list service which is hosted and run by a dedicated team
at the CCLRC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. It offers several new features for the list, including the
ability for users to make changes to their accounts online, e.g. suspend and resume messages. There is
also a discussion room facility, which allows two or more members of eddie to discuss an issue in real
time. For more information please go to the Mailtalk website. If you would like to join the list at Mailtalk,
and haven’t already done so, please send an email with “add to eddie” in the subject line to
(To join Virtrans, please send a message with “add to VirTrans” to virtrans@nfer.ac.uk.)

eddie archives
Subjects discussed on eddie in December and January included children at risk of missing education,
the KS4 pre-release date for press, and LAs and parenting contracts relating to exclusions. Members of
eddie who missed any of these messages can find all past messages in the archives. The Mailbase
archive, which contains messages sent up until 27/01/06, will be available until 31/07/06 when Mailbase
closes. For archives of messages sent since, then please visit the eddie pages at Mailtalk. Details of
how to access these are available on the eddie pages of the EMIE website or in eddie- the basics.

PANDAs were a popular topic in January. Among the issues covered were secondary ePANDA reports,
and secondary PANDA errors, including missing A* passes. One query sent was regarding whether
schools have to release a PANDA if a parent requests it. There was some debate over whether this
information was confidential and, as Ofsted own the copyright, whether schools were allowed to give out
PANDAs. The majority view was that it is acceptable to release the information as long the data is
anonymous. There were several responses that suggested that schools must send out the data if asked:
one respondent remembered an Ofsted letter stating that PANDAs had to be released under a FOI
request; another wrote that the FOI Act covered not just data the LA own and originate but all the data
held. One eddie member wrote that you can claim an exemption if sending it would be against the Data
Protection Act, and referred colleagues to section 16 of the FOI Act, which states that there is a duty to
provide advice and assistance where possible.

PLASC duplicate pupils
A recurring topic on eddie is PLASC duplicate pupils. It was discussed again when a user asked how the
DfES resolves the issue of pupils who are claimed by two schools in separate authorities on PLASC day.
The DfES response is that the schools must prove that the child attended their school on the census
day, and if necessary provide the official registers for the day. One respondent suggested that a possible
alternative would be to hire a boxing ring and let a representative from each school fight it out (although
their authority currently uses the method the DfES suggests)!

Fixed-term exclusions
Another query was how colleagues would record the exclusion period of a pupil who had been excluded
for 10 days, and then had the period extended by a further 7 days by the head teacher. The enquirer
asked if this should be recorded as 17 days, meaning the school would have to make provision for the
child’s education from the 16th day onwards, or if it could be recorded as two separate occurrences
meaning that it did not need to be reported to the monitoring officer. This would also result in fewer fixed-
term exclusions being recorded. One respondent said that they would record it as two incidents, but
always advised heads to make the original exclusion period long enough to complete an investigation.
Another reply was that the exclusion would be recorded as continuous: however, the respondent
questioned the legality of extending exclusions, suggesting it was a possible means of enforcing an
“indefinite” exclusion, or could even end up becoming permanent. A member of another authority said
that they would record the exclusions as two incidents. If they were in the same term, then the 16 th day
rule would be applied. If the exclusions were in separate terms the LA would not have to follow this up,
but they do so as it is good practice.

The eddie discussion group is open to all Local Authority officers and advisers working in
Education and Children’s Services Departments. If you would like to join, free of charge, please
contact EMIE at NFER on 01753 523156 or email us at eddie@nfer.ac.uk
Synopsis 37      To go to the document on the EMIE website click the link the document number   Page 9

New from EMIE

Behaviour management
February 2006

This Digest concentrates on managing disruption and behaviour in the classroom and school, together
with the strategies, policies and support services that have developed to assist in this area. It does not
cover some of the other behavioural issues such as exclusions, attendance, truancy or bullying,
although information on these topics can be found on the EMIE pages for behaviour management,
and bullying

Children’s trusts update 2006
January 2006

This digest updates EMIE's previous digest on children's trusts from March 2004.
It includes:

     Local Authority children's trusts newsletters
     Local Authority briefing documents
     Local Authority strategy documents
     Research
     Literature reviews
     Descriptions of children's trusts programmes
     Links to relevant local authority and national websites

Transforming the school workforce - a new professional respect?
Rosalind Morton, November 2005

This report focuses on local authorities’ good practice in school workforce remodelling, which is seen
as integral to the national drive to raise educational standards and linked with the broader agendas of
community cohesion, social inclusion and regeneration. Prepared in collaboration with the IDeA, it is
based on an analysis of seven councils’ applications for Beacon status under the theme of
‘Transforming the School Workforce’, and on interviews with officers in the four successful authorities
to track progress in each since their bids were submitted.

After outlining the policy background and the key impetuses and milestones for workforce reform, as
set out in Raising Standards and Tackling Workload – a National Agreement, the report describes how
the authorities have supported schools in bringing about the cultural and organisational changes
necessary to deliver the reforms; developing all teaching and support staff, providing clear career
paths, and building schools’ capacity for improvement; working closely with a range of partners
across the public, voluntary and private sectors to find innovative solutions to challenges; and sharing
effective practice within and beyond their own boundaries.

Drawing on the successful experience of the four Beacon Councils, the report offers suggestions that
might help other authorities to support modernisation across the school system and to prepare for the
remodelling of the wider children’s services workforce.

Price: £9.50
EMIE Report 85
ISBN 1 905314 14 0

EMIE users may download this report without charge from the password protected area of this site.
The report is also available for purchase, price £9.50 in either hardcopy or a download, from the NFER
Online Bookshop.
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