Education catch up is once again in the headlines as the Education Committee published its much anticipated report into the National Tutoring Programme. Robert Halfon’s committee of MPs found “concerning evidence of inequality in learning during Covid” and questioned the effectiveness of the government’s current programme, in particular delivery partner Randstad. Following the publication of NTP figures which were below target, Nadhim Zahawi moved to shift funding towards the school-led part of the catch up programme.
The NAO published its report into regulating the financial sustainability of English HE providers – timely given the recent government response to Augar. It found a rise in those with an in-year deficit and set out a number of recommendations, including improving the accountability and sector understanding of regulator, the OfS.
And in Scotland, the government has announced reforms to support learners and teacher with the creation of three bodies to oversee improvement in education. They will replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Education Scotland.
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