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.

You can access the Policy Watch service through Steve's Twitter feed @SteveBesley or by signing up for email updates.

About Steve

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 Eye - Highlights of week ending April 8 2016

    According to Ipsos Mori in its latest poll, education has risen to number five in the top ten of voter concerns, behind the EU but ahead of housing and a couple of places up on where it hovered for most of last year, including during the general election campaign.

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  • Policy Eye - Highlights of week ending April 1 2016

    If the media coverage of the two big teachers’ conferences over the Easter weekend is anything to go by, four key issues are at the top of the profession’s concerns at the moment: academies; testing; Ofsted; and the Prevent Strategy.

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  • Policy Eye – week ending March 24 2016

    Easter is traditionally a time when many teachers get together in Conference. NUT members for instance are heading off to Brighton at the end of this week while the NASUWT will be in Birmingham.

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  • Policy Eye – week ending March 18 2016

    National Apprenticeship Week, the latest Budget, a new Education White Paper, a new Strategy Paper for the DfE, a cupboard full of reports and speeches… it’s been some week for education, leaving many relieved perhaps that the Easter break falls early this year allowing some time to take stock.

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