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.

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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 February 2019

    Policy Tracker

    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.

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  • Policy Tracker - Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in January 2019

    Policy Tracker

    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.

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  • Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in November 2018

    Policy Tracker

    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.

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  • Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2018

    Policy Tracker

    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.

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