Highlights of the week ending 24 June
In a week which has seen significant industrial action across the rail network, the NEU issued a ballot threat for a strike later in the year. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi says such a strike in the wake of the disruption to schooling caused by the coronavirus pandemic would be “unforgivable”. Research published this week by National Foundation for Education Research investigates the impact of pay and conditions, as well as other government initiatives, on attracting new talent into the profession. It concludes that an adequate supply of teacher to 2025 is “unlikely”.
This week also saw two reports looking at net zero and the skills needs it is placing on our economy. The Resolution Foundation highlights how it is a case of adaptation rather than survival for sectors (in contract to the deindustrialisation of the ‘80s). World Skills published research showing employers understanding of the need to adapt but that they are struggling to obtain the correct skills mix. World Skills also outlines the work it is doing with government to support this important agenda.
The Schools Bill continued to be debated by Peers in the House of Lords, with the government inserting further powers relating to those individuals found guilty of operating illegal schools.
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