Policy Watch

Education’s always changing, and it can be hard to keep track. Policy Watch is the easy way to make sure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

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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As head of UK education policy at Pearson, Steve’s been running the Policy Watch service for almost 20 years. He’ll keep you informed on all things education, along with the rest of his subscribers – there were more than 10,000 at the last count!

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  • Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in April 2019

    Policy Tracker

    It’s been a busy month for teacher union conferences where exam pressures, teacher workloads, funding and health issues have been among the topics raised and where Jeremy Corbyn’s call to scrap the current system of SATs attracted considerable media attention. The month has also seen consultation close on Ofsted’s proposed new inspection framework with a huge response reported and Ofqual issue its latest survey of perceptions of qualifications. Special needs funding, pupil off rolling, college oversight and the financial health of universities have each been the subject of important reports during the month while government headlines have included the launching of a new widespread Edtech strategy, a major summit on gang crime, a new consultation on internet safety, the listing of the first 12 Institutes of Technology and moves to ensure EU teachers will be able to have their qualifications recognised to work in the UK

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  • Policy Tracker - Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in February 2019

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    A shorter month but no shortage of activity particularly political. For education, the Chair of Education Committee raised eyebrows with a speech calling for GCSEs to be scrapped in favour of a Bacc at age 18. Contractors to develop the first two T levels were announced and the consultation on funding for T levels closed with the Association of Colleges calling for increased investment for T levels. Contrasting stats were published in HE with uni applications up at the landmark stage of mid-January but salary levels for top staff still raising questions. Finally, monthly economic figures proved positive and the Institute for Fiscal Studies set out the context for the forthcoming Spending Review.

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  • Policy Tracker - Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in January 2019

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    January is traditionally the month when the final performance tables for last year are published and developments for the new year announced. Particular developments for 2019 so far have included proposals for a new inspection framework from Ofsted, a new teacher recruitment and retention strategy from the DfE, more activity around T levels, a new blueprint for UK colleges, and updates on university admissions and the use of unconditional offers for higher education.

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  • Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in November 2018

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    A packed month. Ofqual has published further data on this year's exams along with more research into marking and grading. Ofsted has been talking more about its proposed new inspection framework and published a report on L2. Schools have heard more about the multiplication tests, colleges about T level funding proposals and the Apprenticeship Provider Register, while HE has seen reports on value for money, student loans, the graduate premium and accelerated degrees.

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