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July 30th

Parents of teenagers are doing a good job

Parents of teenagers are doing a good job, and poor parenting is not the reason for the increase in problem behaviour amongst teenagers, a new briefing paper published today by the Nuffield Foundation reveals.

Research undertaken by a team led by Professor Frances Gardner from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford found no evidence of a general decline in parenting.

July 23rd

An invisible revolution?

In 2008 nearly 110,000 students, some 15% of the age cohort, gained a GCSE or equivalent qualification in Applied Science. Five years earlier the number was less than 20,000. This substantial rise has received little public or policy attention.

GCE Applied Science and other qualifications such as BTEC Nationals are providing a progression route for a growing group of students not catered for in the past, but there is a lack of systematic support in terms of resources, training and guidance.