January 2019 – Westminster Roundup

Key mentions

Sutton Trust research on academies was cited by Lucy Powell in her questions to the Secretary of State Damian Hinds in an Education Select Committee accountability hearing session.

The Sutton Trust’s research on university admissions has been cited in a House of Commons briefing on ‘Oxbridge ‘elitism’’.

Sutton Trust research and evidence given to the Education Select Committee were mentioned in as Westminster Hall debate on apprenticeships and skills policy by Gordon Marsden MP and Emma Hardy MP.

Sutton Trust research on free schools was mentioned in a debate on free schools and educational standards in the House of Lords. The research was also cited in a House of Lords Library briefing ahead of the debate.

Sutton Trust research on apprenticeships was mentioned in the Department for Education’s announcement of the launch of their new apprenticeships campaign.

The Sutton Trust’s Independent Commission on Fees 2015 report was cited in a House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on the decline of mature and part-time study.

Key appointments

Kate Josephs has been appointed as director of funding at the Department for Education.

Key announcements

The draft Ofsted education inspection framework for 2019 has been published, with a consultation launched on the proposals.

Damian Hinds announced a £2.5 million international exchange programme that will be run in partnership with the British Council, and will particularly focus on supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Legislation that supports the expansion of two-year and other accelerated degrees has been approved by MPs.

The government published its response to the Education Select Committee’s report on value for money in higher education.

The education secretary Damian Hinds has launched an “activity passport” aimed at encouraging school pupils to pursue new experiences and activities, including searching for butterflies, taking part in a Roman banquet and flying a kite.

A consultation on the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) has opened, to look at whether the TEF’s higher education rating system continues to support high quality teaching.

HESA student data for 2017/18 has been published, which shows an increase in full-time student numbers, while the decline in part-time study continues. The data also shows that a record number of first class degrees were awarded.

Universities minister Chris Skidmore has called for greater action from universities to do more to boost the number of students with disabilities going into higher education.

2019-01-31T11:13:29+01:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Policy News|

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