It's been a slow few days for new research, so here's the details of a couple of useful Department of Education reports which were published in December and got missed in the run-up to Christmas.
The Framework for the National Curriculum is a report compiled by an expert panel, with a view to defining the purpose, shape, size and structure of the curriculum. The report contains a number of recommendations which are designed to generate discussion and contribute to the official review of the National Curriculum which is currently taking place. More information and documents relating to this can be found here.
Also new(ish) is a report entitled Class Size and Education in England, which examines how the increased birth rate may impact of class sizes, and the impact that this could have on educational outcomes.