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Diversity in A level subjects taken by students has fallen significantly over last decade, impeding career opportunities

Students’ subject choices at A level have become “exceedingly narrow”, with young people less likely than ever to take up a variety of subjects, a new report warns. The study from the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst), commissioned by the Royal Society, finds that the proportion of students with A and AS levels or equivalent covering at least three of the main subject groups such as humanities, sciences, maths and languages, has now halved since 2010.

Teaching profession is facing acute recruitment and retention challenges

@EduPolicyInst has today (2 Mar) published a new report "Teacher shortages in England: analysis and pay options" examining how teacher shortages and pay levels vary between schools in England.

Tackling the disadvantage gap: why we need targeted interventions in 16-19 education too

For the first time, new exploratory research published today by the Education Policy Institute, and funded by the Nuffield foundation, measures the disadvantage gap – the gap in attainment between poorer pupils and their peers – in 16-19 education.

Entire year of funding for education recovery little more than one month of funding for “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme

Ahead of Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on education recovery, the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst) has published a research note on current government funding committed to education recovery, the extent of pupil learning loss, and a summary of interventions needed to undo the damage to children’s education following the pandemic.

Giving teachers an entitlement to quality training would cost the government less than 1 per cent of total spending on schools, report finds

A new report from the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst), commissioned by @WellcomeTrust, finds that giving teachers a formal entitlement to high-quality training and development would only cost the government an extra £210m in funding a year. 

System for supporting special educational needs is failing children and families, new EPI study shows

A landmark study from the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst), funded by the Nuffield Foundation (@NuffieldFound), finds that there are “deeply concerning” inconsistencies in how children with special educational needs and disabilities (#SEND) in England are identified and supported.

New EPI study reveals the disadvantage gap in sixth forms and colleges

Disadvantaged sixth form and college students are three whole A level grades behind their more affluent peers, new @EduPolicyInst study finds    In the first ever study to measure the education ‘disadvantage gap’ amongst sixth form and college students, provisional findings show that across all qualification types,

New EPI report compares the education catch up plans of the four UK nations

@EduPolicyIns - Education catch-up plans of all four UK governments fail to offer pupils the support they need  New EPI analysis compares the plans of the UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments to help pupils catch up with learning following the pandemic. The UK government’s catch-up programme for Scotland is the most generous after their announcement this week Scotland's total funding for education catch up from £80m to £140m, and on a per pupil basis from £114 to £200 England is next at £174 per pupil (totalling £1.2bn for schools, £96m for colleges). This is followed by £88 per pupil in Wales (£40m), and £82 per pupil in Northern Ireland (£28m). However, catch-up plans in Wales and Northern Ireland are far better targeted, with a greater share of funding aimed at disadvantaged pupils – whose learning has been hardest hit by the disruption to schools. Around half of Welsh and Northern Irish catch-up funding has been targeted towards poorer pupils, compared to 30% in England and 20% in Scotland. Scotland’s plan spans the longest period, covering this academic year and next. The UK government has committed some extra funding for next year for England, while current Welsh and Northern Irish plans end this summer. All nations have failed to provide adequate guidance on supporting vulnerable pupils who have special educational needs (SEND) with remote learning. EPI researchers conclude that all current catch-up plans are insufficient – UK governments should put in place multi-year education programmes which address the scale of learning loss. A new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), funded by the Nuffield Foundation, finds that the education catch-up plans of all four UK nations offer insufficient support for pupils, and are unlikely to address the scale of learning loss following the pandemic.

New report on the mental health and wellbeing of Generation Z

New study by @EduPolicyInst and @PrincesTrust on the mental health of Generation Z shows a sharp drop in girls’ wellbeing during adolescence By the end of primary school, Generation Z girls have similar levels of wellbeing and self-esteem as boys but then experience a sudden decline in both by age 14. Girls’ wellbeing falls even lower towards the end of their teenage years, while their depressive symptoms increase significantly. As many as one in three girls report that they are unhappy with their personal appearance by age 14. The pandemic has led to a deterioration in mental health, with the number of young people with a probable mental illness rising to 1 in 6, up from 1 in 9. There is a social gradient in poor mental and emotional health, with young people from the lowest income families more likely to have the worst outcomes. Heavy social media use is shown to negatively affect wellbeing and self-esteem in adolescence, regardless of young people’s existing state of mental health. Being bullied in childhood is shown to adversely affect both boys’ and girls’ mental and emotional health well into their teenage years. Frequent physical exercise plays a particularly positive role in young people’s wellbeing – yet participation in activities and sports is expected to have fallen considerably due to school closures and lockdowns. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and youth charity The Prince’s Trust have today (Wednesday 27th January) published a major study on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Generation Z.

Less than a thirds of schools’ Covid costs are met by government support

A new report by the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst) finds that less than a third (31%) of the additional costs facing schools as a result of the pandemic are covered by the government’s support fund.

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