Last week Sir Kevan Collins, the Government’s education recovery commissioner resigned after the package announced by Ministers “fell far short of what is needed”.
This week, Gavin Williamson gave a statement to MPs on the latest phase of support. Labour have made this a key issue with Sir Keir Starmer leading with it at Prime Minister’s Questions, followed by an Opposition Day debate on the same subject (led by Kate Green) later in the day.
The Secretary of State ended the week announcing support for degree alternatives in order boost adult skills and job prospects. This includes a new £18m Growth Fund to help develop Higher Technical Education.
A new report by Ofsted has concluded that sexual harassment has become “normalised” for young people in school, online and in other unsupervised spaces, with girls suffering disproportionately. To inform the review, Ofsted visited 32 unnamed schools and colleges and spoke to more than 900 young people. 75% of girls questioned reported that pressure to provide sexual images of themselves happens “a lot or sometimes” at school.
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