IoE: The effects of Reading Recovery last straight through to the end of primary school, a national monitoring report has revealed. Reading Recovery is designed to lift the children who struggle most in Year 1 from very low literacy to age-expected levels.
These children are selected for the programme because they would not otherwise be expected to reach level 3 (the level needed to read a red top newspaper) by age 11. However, the 2011-12 report shows that eleven-year-old children who had received Reading Recovery at age six have overturned that expectation and have matched their classmates' progress for the following six years.
ScotGov: Scotland’s Chief Statistician has announced the publication of the Scottish Health Survey 2011. This is the seventh report in the Scottish Health Survey series which began in 1995. It comprises separate volumes for adults & children and Health Board level results are published alongside the annual report for the first time since 2003.
TKF: NHS performance is continuing to hold up well, but there is concern that quality of care may suffer as financial pressures bite from next year, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on NHS performance published by The King’s Fund.
A survey of 45 NHS finance directors undertaken for the report found that a majority are confident of delivering average cost improvement targets for this year of just under 5%. However, 2013 is seen as a potential turning point, with savings becoming more difficult to deliver and most directors sceptical that the NHS will be able to meet its target of finding £20bn in productivity improvements by 2015.
FRC: The Financial Reporting Council has published a report of the findings of the Financial Reporting Review Panel (FRRP) in relation to its review of reports & accounts in the year to 31 March 2012.
ScotGov: Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published Rural Scotland Key Facts 2012. The publication brings together previously published statistics on a range of key policy areas, providing comparisons between remote rural areas, accessible rural areas and the rest of Scotland. The statistics provide a valuable evidence base on issues affecting rural Scotland and a tool to inform the mainstreaming of rural policies.
DfE: National, regional & local authority results for the Year 1 phonics reading check & Key Stage 1 results were published last week.
ScotGov: Scotland’s Chief Statistician recently published 3 reports in relation to Pesticide Usage in Scotland. These included: Protected Edible Crops 2011, Outdoor Vegetable Crops 2011 and Rodenticides on Arable Farms 2000-2010.