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  • Do you need to understand the latest developments in policy and education law?
  • Are you a busy Headteacher or Governor?
  • Would you like to have access to clear, readable digests of key information?

The Document Summary Service, founded in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, is a web based updates service for all those working in primary, secondary and further education.

Each month subscribers receive access to a set of summaries of the month's key policy and research reports from the world of education along with a short newsletter outlining recent policy changes and developments. Information is summarised from a wide selection of sources including the Department for Education, Ofqual and Ofsted.

Summaries cover a wide range of issues, including examinations, inspection reform and curricular changes. Content of the summaries covers all school phases and curricular areas. An online archive facility enables subscribers to quickly search all summaries going back to 2010 by theme or key word.

The aim is to reduce the content of most documents to two sides of A4 and to set out the essential information in clear, jargon-free language. The purpose is to help schools see clearly the implications of legislation and guidance in terms of their immediate duties and responsibilities. For example,

  • keeping up to date with the most recent education requirements and proposals;
  • providing governors with briefing papers before or at meetings;
  • focusing discussion amongst teachers at school development meetings; and
  • being able to find answers quickly to questions from parents, governors and members of staff.

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