Policy Watch

Keep up with what’s happening in education policy

Policy Watch is our regular policy update service, covering national and international developments in the world of education. We try to keep things simple, sharing the latest news and information with you through weekly updates, monthly summaries, papers and events.

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The latest from Policy Watch

  • Highlights of the week ending 24 February

    This week saw the publication of various statistics, guidance, and reports, including ESFA guidance on Early Career Framework reforms. The Education and Skills Funding Agency published the latest guidance for schools and local authorities on funding to support the national roll-out of the early career framework (ECF) reforms.

  • Highlights of the week ending 9 December

    Education Secretary Gillian Keegan gave evidence to the Education Committee for the first time this week, covering strike impact mitigation, the possibility of an undergraduate apprenticeship for maths and physics teaching, social mobility in grammar schools, and how conversations surrounding Rishi Sunak’s British Baccalaureate proposal are currently focused on maths to 18. She also announced that the Schools Bill will not progress any further.


  • Highlights of the week ending 4 November

    The top story of the past fortnight was the appointment of a new DfE ministerial team, with Gillian Keegan becoming the fifth Education Secretary in four months. Joining her in the Education Department are veteran Schools Minister Nick Gibb, former Chair of the Education Select Committee Robert Halfon, existing Minister for the School and College system Baroness Barran, and Sunak supporter Claire Coutinho.


  • Highlights of the week ending 21 October

    Policy Watch returns after a summer break, and against a continuing backdrop of political upheaval. Despite the rapid unravelling of Liz Truss’ premiership, it was a busy week in the education policy world with various data releases, funding announcements, and the Government’s response to the review of post-16 level 2 qualifications (which included an implementation delay of a year). With a new Prime Minister announced next week, we expect further changes in the DfE ministerial team – and so next Monday’s Education questions in Parliament could be the first and last for the current set of ministers.

  • Highlights of the week ending 5 August

    Over the past fortnight, with Parliament still in recess, the education policy landscape has been dominated by the publication of reports and research papers, as well as the ongoing leadership campaigns of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Both have set out some thoughts on education policy, outside of the inevitable conversation around grammar schools.