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  • Highlights of the week ending 4 November

    The top story of the past fortnight was the appointment of a new DfE ministerial team, with Gillian Keegan becoming the fifth Education Secretary in four months. Joining her in the Education Department are veteran Schools Minister Nick Gibb, former Chair of the Education Select Committee Robert Halfon, existing Minister for the School and College system Baroness Barran, and Sunak supporter Claire Coutinho.


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  • Highlights of the week ending 21 October

    Policy Watch returns after a summer break, and against a continuing backdrop of political upheaval. Despite the rapid unravelling of Liz Truss’ premiership, it was a busy week in the education policy world with various data releases, funding announcements, and the Government’s response to the review of post-16 level 2 qualifications (which included an implementation delay of a year). With a new Prime Minister announced next week, we expect further changes in the DfE ministerial team – and so next Monday’s Education questions in Parliament could be the first and last for the current set of ministers.

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  • Highlights of the week ending 5 August

    Over the past fortnight, with Parliament still in recess, the education policy landscape has been dominated by the publication of reports and research papers, as well as the ongoing leadership campaigns of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Both have set out some thoughts on education policy, outside of the inevitable conversation around grammar schools.

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  • Highlights of the week ending 22 July

    In a relatively quiet week for education policy as activity winds down for recess, the Petitions Committee held a debate on BTEC qualifications after the Protect Student Choice campaign’s petition received more than 108,000 signatures. The debate featured arguments in favour of BTECs and applied general qualifications from MPs across the political spectrum. It will be interesting to see whether the new Prime Minister and their team of ministers will consider the weight of public and political support for choice at age 16.

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  • Highlights of the week ending 15 July

    As the Conservative Party leadership contest continues, this week saw confirmation of the Department for Education’s new ministerial team has now been confirmed. Supporting James Cleverly is Brendan Clarke-Smith as Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince as Minister for School Standards, Andrea Jenkyns as Minister for Skills, Further and Higher Education, and Baroness Barran as Lords Minister/Minister for the School System.
    Like all ministers appointed over the past week, the team is working in a caretaker capacity in order to keep Government business functioning during this interim period. A new administration is due to be formed with the announcement of the new Prime Minister in early September.

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