February 2018 – Westminster roundup

EEF/Sutton Trust mentions

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned the EEF in an answer in the Commons on the pupil premium.

Nadhim Zahawi mentioned the work of the Department for Education and the EEF in a written answer in the Commons on pupil attainment in deprived areas of Greater London.

Key appointments

The Department for Education announced two new appointments to the Ofsted board:

  • Dame Kathryn August, an education consultant, former headteacher, Ofsted inspector and National Leader of Education.
  • Pamela Scriven QC, a lawyer with extensive social care and safeguarding expertise.

John Hughes was also re-appointed to serve for an additional 3 years.

Key announcements

The Prime Minister announced the launch of the post-18 funding review, which will be carried out by an independent panel and will focus on quality, choice, and value for money in post-18 education. In her announcement, Theresa May warned against “outdated attitudes” that favour academic over technical qualifications, and pledged to break down boundaries between further and higher education.

The Treasury Select Committee published a report on student loans, recommending that the government re-consider the current high interest rates and assess the case for re-introducing maintenance grants.

The Public Accounts Committee published a report on teacher retention and development, stating that the government need to form a coherent plan to tackle this issue. The report found that the number of teachers leaving the profession for reasons other than retirement has increased since 2012, with many teachers citing heavy workloads as a reason for their departure.

The government published their response to the Taylor review. The government have said that they will tackle unpaid internships by improving interpretation of the law and enforcement action taken by HMRC in this area, and will formally ask HMRC to prioritise enforcement of the National Minimum Wage.

Following a consultation to which the Sutton Trust and the EEF responded, the Department for Education announced plans to introduce an income threshold of £7,400 for Free School Meal eligibility under Universal Credit, and a threshold of £15,400 for free early education entitlement eligibility.

2018-03-07T10:02:48+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Featured news, Policy Advocacy, Policy News|

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