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

Policy Tracker

A month which has seen the first of the summer results published in the shape of the interim SATsfigures, the government announce a pay increase for many teachers, Ofsted and the DfE release AnnualReports, the Institute for Apprenticeships publish its Business Plan, concerns raised about theimplementation of T levels and UCAS release latest details on uni applications and unconditional offers

Key headlines from the month

  • Baseline testing. British Educational Research Association publishes critical report 
  • Times table tests. Standards and Testing Agency update on developments
  • KS1/2 tests. Capita awarded new contract
  • SATs results 2018.Government publishes interim results, final version in December
  • Exam malpractice. The Joint Council announces a new Commission to look into impact of new tech
  • Pupil premium. Government confirms figures for the 2018/19 year
  • Pupil numbers. Government downgrades latest projections
  • Teacher workload. Dfe releases latest toolkit and strategies
  • Teachers’ pay. Government announces new pay rise
  • Relationship and health education. Government updates guidance and plans for 2019
  • Inspections. Ofsted publishes its latest school inspection handbook 
  • Careers Hubs. Roll out announced
  • EdTech. The Education and Training Foundation announces work on a new skills framework 
  • T Level quals. Ofqual launches consultation on regulatory proposals
  • T levels. Federation of Awarding Bodies considers judicial review
  • Institute for Apprenticeships. Publishes Business Plan and accompanying Strategic Plan
  • Devolved budgets. Greater Manchester outlines plans
  • Skills Deal. The government agrees one with the West Midlands 
  • Uni fees. Frozen for a second year
  • UCAS applications. Up for 18 yr olds in England and from EU but down overall
  • EU students. Government confirms fees will not change for 2019/20 starters despite Brexit

Reports/Publications of the month (in order of publication)

Speeches of the month

Quotes of the month

  • “It’s no secret that councils are under the cosh” – the chair of the Public Accounts Committee summarizes her Committee report on council finances
  • “Fundamentally he is powered by a desire to get people from different backgrounds mixing - or in fancier words, promoting social integration” – FE Week profiles Jon Yates, special adviser to the Education Secretary 
  • “University admissions offices will breathe a sigh of relief, though their finance directors are still likely to be worried” – HE Policy Institute director Nick Hillman reflects on the latest fees announcement
  • “It is highly regrettable that we feel the need to take these steps. It seems that the government is not willing to listen to a chorus of concerns about its T level implementation plans” – the Federation of Awarding Bodies prepares to call for a judicial review of T levels
  • “This will mean that teaching continues to be a competitively rewarded career” – the Education Secretary announces the latest pay award for teachers
  • “A search of Hansard reveals at least 40 mentions spread across two prime ministers, four secretaries of state and numerous ministers” – the Education Policy Institute questions the veracity of the government’s favourite statistic about more children being in good schools
  • “They are easy things to skirt yet the risk of doing so is great” – the Chief Inspector confronts the teaching of British values 
  • “Inspectors will not expect all schools to be at similar stages of EBacc implementation” – Ofsted explains to schools what advice it is giving inspectors when it comes to the EBacc

Word or phrase of the month

  • ‘Chaotic centralization.’ A description of the school system in England in a new report from UCL’s Institute of Education