Quite a month. The Prime Minister declared her intention to step down, the exams season got under way, the long-awaited Timpson and Augar reports finally emerged, Ofsted confirmed its new inspection arrangements for this autumn on, the government outlined arrangements about baseline assessment and T level industry placements and big Papers on 16-19 and post-18 funding were published.
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Quite a month. The Prime Minister declared her intention to step down, the exams season got under way, the long-awaited Timpson and Augar reports finally emerged, Ofsted confirmed its new inspection arrangements for this autumn on, the government outlined arrangements about baseline assessment and T level industry placements and big Papers on 16-19 and post-18 funding were published.read more
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 UKread more
It's been a month in which the Chancellor set out the financial landscape in his Spring Statement and schools and colleges continued to campaign for extra investment.read more
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.read more
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