A month heralding a new year, a new term and according to the Prime Minister, a new sovereign era. For education, a number of important reports have been published including the latest Annual Report from Ofsted but also others on such topics as languages, teachers’ pay, the apprenticeship levy, social mobility, university access and migration policy. Creative arts, school exclusions, soft skills, and research have all been the subject of social media debate this month while the annual gatherings at BETT and Davos respectively have seen Ministers and delegates alike getting to grips with technology, skills and global challenges.read more
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A month increasingly dominated by election manoeuvres as all the major parties release their manifestos and head out on the campaign and media trail. Education and skills has featured prominently in the campaign so far with early years’ provision, school funding, support for teachers, skills training and lifelong learning all the subject of big headline pledges. Away from the election, employers, colleges, independent and girls schools have all held important conferences while important reports have been published on mental health, the College of the Future, adult learning and levels of adult numeracy.read more
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.read more
A hugely busy month with government 2020/21 spending plans, Party Conference proposals and a range of announcements and reports, over 50 listed here, all released this month.read more
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.read more