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Education research, policy and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit use their experience and knowledge to influence changes to education policy.

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Our latest education research, policy and resources

Find below a list of our latest education research and resources or search our full publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2015

How much do you know about Generation 'Selfie'?

by Barnardo's in partnership with Ipsos MORI

Type: Policy and research documents

This report is based on research conducted by Ipsos MORI into the views and concerns of young people, with a focus on those from the most disadvantaged background.
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Free
2015

Bringing Five to Thrive Alive: two approaches to implementing Five to Thrive within Barnardo's

by Bridget Pettitt

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals, Teaching resources

Five to Thrive, developed by Kate Cairns Associates, is a flexible approach that offers learning for practitioners and parents. It is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk - described as the 'building blocks for a healthy brain.'
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Free
2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals, Campaign documents

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
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Free
2012

Staying the course

by Policy, Research & Media

Type: Policy and research documents

Staying the Course takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.
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Free
2012

Mind the Gap: Ensuring All Disadvantaged Children Benefit from the Pupil Premium

Type: Policy and research documents

New Barnardo's research out today finds that the Government's pupil premium funding - introduced last year to improve the education outcomes of the country's poorest children - does not adequately support all disadvantaged children through their education.
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Free
2011

Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

by Jane Evans

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.
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Free
2011

Experiences of illegal school exclusions in Wales: a qualitative study

by Victoria Butler

Type: Policy and research documents

An examination of illegal school exclusions: the reasons for illegal exclusions, the impacts on the child and their families and detailed recommendations to avoid illegal exclusions.
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Free
2010

Unlocking the gates: Giving disadvantaged children a fairer deal in school admissions

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

Type: Policy and research documents

This report, tackles the issue of fair admissions to secondary schools in England.
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Free
2010

Not present and not correct: Understanding and preventing school exclusions

by Jane Evans

Type: Policy and research documents

Not present and not correct draws on Barnardo's experience of working with young people at risk of exclusion to present an in-depth, costed study of four models of early intervention and alternative provision which support young people to continue learning and manage their behaviour for the long term.
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Free
2010

Not the End of the Story: supporting teenage mothers back into education

by Jane Evans with Martha Slowley

Type: Policy and research documents

This report shows that, while pregnancy presents real challenges for very young mothers, it should not mean the end of education or abandonment of ambitions for the future.
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Free
2010

Looked after children with additional support needs in Scotland

by Jessica Cundy and Mary Duffy

Type: Policy and research documents

This research was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland to develop a fuller understanding of the issues facing looked after children with additional support needs, and the systems and processes that provide them with additional support for learning.
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Free
2007

Staying on - briefing paper and DVD

by Anne Pinney and Alison Worsley

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing asks young people's views on the Government's plans to make young people stay on in education or training until they are 18.
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Free
2007

Young people's experiences of, and solutions to, identity related bullying: Research report

by Vikki Butler

Type: Policy and research documents

This research, involving 77 young people, examines young people¿s experiences of bullying- not just those who are bullied, but also young people who bully and young people who witness bullying in day to day life.
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Free
2006

Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health and well-being among young people - The role of peer support

by Sharon Vincent, Susie Warden and Mary Duffy

Type: Policy and research documents

The report presents the findings of a research study which explored young people's views and experiences of peer support.
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Free
2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

Type: Policy and research documents

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
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Free
2004

Food poverty in the school holidays

by Owen Gill and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

Looking at the issues facing parents on income support during the school holidays, this report focuses particularly on the impact of the weeks with no free school meals.
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Free
2002

Interchange 78 - Transitions in the lives of children and young people: resilience factors

Type: Policy and research documents

A report describing effective strategies in health, education and social work for helping children to cope with periods of transition and change by promoting resilience.
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Free
 

School's out, or is it?

by Anne Pinney and Alison Worsley

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

This briefing is based on research with 30 young people aged 13-18 years, in three Barnardo's alternative education and training services in the North East - Palmersville Training, The Base and B76.
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Free
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