Highlights of the week ending 21 April
On their return from Easter recess, MPs had their monthly chance to question the DfE’s ministerial team. Early years, lifelong learning, and apprenticeships all featured. Rishi Sunak opened the week by giving a speech that added further details to his maths 18 announcement from earlier in the year (more in Top Stories).
DfE has made a number of data drops this week, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and their teachers’ survey. The NEU also published findings from its survey of members, with worrying numbers considering leaving the profession. One major factor behind that is pay and conditions and the recess saw NEU, NAHT, NASUWT and ASCL all reject the government’s latest offer.
In Scotland, Gillian Hamilton has taken up the interim position of Chief Executive of Education Scotland. And in Wales, Simon Pirotte OBE as Education Minister Jeremy Miles’ preferred candidate for the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research.
Finally, Pearson has published the latest in its Skills Outlook series. The second study looks at skilling through an employee’s lens.