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.read more
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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.read more
The month kicked off with the Conservative Party Conference and ended with the Budget so there’s been plenty of political reports and speeches to take in. Elsewhere this month, schools and colleges have campaigned for extra funds, the DfE published initial performance data on this summer’s exams, Ofsted provided more details on its proposed new inspection framework, World Mental Health Day generated a flurry of reports, and some reforms to apprenticeships were confirmed.read more
'Back to school' month and with it an outpouring of reports and other activity. These have included growing concerns about a squeeze on creative subjects, an MPs report on Ofsted, the launch of the tender process for the first T levels, the build-up of a new campaign around FE, the release of key reports on EU migration and international students, and further discussion on access to HE, all topped off with the OECD's latest annual big picture analysis of how education is performing across member countries.read more
A month dominated by exam results with analysis and implications still coming in. Also a month that seen concerns expressed about an increase in pupil off-rolling and university unconditional offers, important reports on disadvantaged pupils, teacher shortages, Level 4/5 provision and childhood in 2018, and growing media interest in Ofsted’s proposals for a new school inspection framework and the extent of the government’s long-term commitment to its current apprenticeship target .read more