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Need to Know

Need to Know is your guide to education hot topics. For the latest on the coalition government's policies, including free schools, pay and academies, try our Need to Know Updates series.

There are 27 videos in this series, of which the following 24 are currently available to view online.

15 mins Revised Ofsted Inspection Framework
A look at the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, which has a greater emphasis on standards for individual pupils and groups of learners.
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15 mins Functional Skills
Mike Baker unravels the popularity of and policy behind the emphasis on functional skills; the latest attempt to ensure education delivers work and life skills.
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15 mins Every Child a... Reader, Writer and Counter
Mike Baker explores the initiatives of Every Child a Reader, Every Child a Writer and Every Child Counts by talking to teachers, parents and practitioners about how the schemes work.
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15 mins New GCSEs
Mike Baker talks to Ofqual's Head of 14-19 Regulation, Tina Isaacs, about the introduction of new GCSEs, with particular reference to controlled assessment replacing coursework.
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15 mins Changes in School Leadership
Journalist Mike Baker finds out more about the changing routes into headship and discusses how schools are responding to a shortage of prospective school leaders.
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15 mins Work Entitlements
Looking at the continuing impact of the national agreement on the education workforce, teachers, trade unionists and the TDA talk to journalist Mike Baker about remodelling schools and work entitlements.
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15 mins Children's Trusts
A user-friendly guide to the complexities of Children's Trusts; this programme explains clearly how they have been charged with delivering children's services at a local level, and shows how one school is using them.
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15 mins Forced Marriages
The facts about forced marriage are explored in this programme, with advice for teachers on what to do if they fear for the safety of one their students.
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15 mins Healthy School Food
Mike Baker and Sheena McDonald discuss the government's latest initiatives to encourage healthy eating in schools.
15 mins Safe School Trips
Sheena McDonald and Mike Baker discuss the latest efforts to encourage more teachers to take students on school trips, highlighting the best advice to ensure that school trips go smoothly.
15 mins Personalised Learning
Mike Baker and Sheena McDonald explore what personalised learning really means, and how it will affect teachers and students in schools.
15 mins Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In this episode of Need to Know, education journalist Mike Baker looks at what the impact will be of the new Key Stage 3 Curriculum when it is introduced in September 2008. He details the ideas behind it, what teachers can expect and how they can be ...
15 mins Performance Management
Mike Baker and Sheena McDonald discuss the changes to performance management legislation, highlighting how new arrangements will affect teachers in schools.
15 mins Education Leaving Age
Mike Baker examines Government plans for raising the education leaving age to 18, aimed at tackling the problem of young people not in education or employment.
15 mins New Restraint Powers
Mike Baker and Sheena McDonald discuss teachers' powers of restraint under the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
15 mins Equalities Legislation
Education broadcaster Mike Baker discusses the latest legislation on equality with presenter Sheena McDonald, asking how equality will be promoted in schools and what difference it will make to students and teachers.
15 mins League Tables
Need to Know is the essential guide to hot education topics. In this programme, we discuss league tables and Contextual Value Added scores.
15 mins Early Years Foundation Stage
Mike Baker explains what the new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework will mean for early years practitioners when it becomes statutory in September 2008.
15 mins Making Good Progress Pilots
Mike Baker talks to the DCSF's chief adviser on school standards, Sue Hackman, about the Making Good Progress pilots, assessing models for single level testing and one-to-one tuition.
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30 mins The Primary Curriculum Review
Mike Baker interviews Sir Jim Rose, head of the primary curriculum review, to discuss his recommendations in the interim curriculum review.
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15 mins Pay and Progression
Teaching assistants talk about how their roles and responsibilities are changing, and whether or not their pay and career progression mirrors this.
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15 mins Crossing the Pay Threshold
Presenter Mike Baker speaks to teachers and career expert Sara Bubb, about the new process of crossing the pay threshold for teachers.
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15 mins Masters in Teaching and Learning
Presenter Mike Baker finds out all you need to know about the new Masters in Teaching and Learning degree, which the government is to introduce in 2010.
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15 mins Powers to Control Behaviour
Mike Baker talks to Sir Alan Steer, the DSCF's behaviour adviser, about schools' need to understand their new powers to enforce behaviour policies, search pupils, and discipline pupils outside school.
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