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 October 2019

    Policy Tracker

    A month dominated by unravelling political events leading to an impending general election. In education, funding has continued to be a talking point with the government issuing its response to the Education Committee Inquiry on school and college funding and the Office for Students launching a Value for Money strategy. Elsewhere, provisional exam results for this summer were released, a new T level Action Plan published and Free Schools, UTCs, Home Education, special needs and apprenticeships all the subject of major new reports. 

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

    Policy Tracker

    August is traditionally exam results time and most of the headlines this month have again been taken up with reporting and analysing the latest set. The Johnson government has also been settling in this month and starting to outline its priorities with the new Education Secretary said to be leading on the 3Fs of Funding, Free Schools and FE. Elsewhere, the government has confirmed grading arrangements for T levels, Labour has published an interim report from its Lifelong Learning Commission, university Clearing has been in full swing and PQA (post-qualification admissions) has been much in the news.

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

    Policy Tracker

    A month of big developments with the release of interim SATs results, a major consultation on higher-level tech qualifications and an announcement on teachers’ pay and ending up with a new government including a new Education Secretary.

    A month of big developments with the release of interim SATs results, a major consultation on higher-level tech qualifications and an announcement on teachers’ pay and ending up with a new government including a new Education Secretary


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

    It’s been a month which has seen the exam season start to draw to a close, the Prime Minister move to strengthen her legacy with announcements on mental health and funding, and the Tory leadership hopefuls spray promises around on education spending. In other news, the DfE has outlined initial funding plans for T levels, completed a first stage consultation on qualifications up to Level 3, published guidance on Relationships Education and issued an updated departmental plan. Elsewhere the Festival and Conference season has been in full swing where issues of funding, school assessment, post-18 education and future learning, have been among the topics discussed.

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