Key appointments

Dame Martina Milburn was confirmed as the new Chair of the Social Mobility Commission following a hearing before the Education Select Committee.

Key mentions

Tracy Brabin mentioned the Sutton Trust’s ‘Stop Start’ report in a debate on family hubs.

Lord Watson of Invergorie cited Sutton Trust research on the decline in part-time study in a motion to approve higher education fee regulations in the Lords.

Baroness Massey and Lord Storey cited statistics from ‘Stop Start’ in a question tabled by Massey on Sure Start centre closures.

Lord Storey, Lord Forsyth and Lord Parekh cited statistics from the Sutton Trust’s ‘the Lost Part-timers’  report in a debate on part time students and the Open University.

Michelle Donelan quoted the Sutton Trust’s recent polling on apprenticeships in an accountability hearing with skills minister Anne Milton.

Key announcements

The DfE have announced a public sector pay rise, with a 3.5% rise for teachers on the main pay range.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a £2million fund to provide children from disadvantaged families with free healthy meals and activities over the summer holidays.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed that the maximum tuition fees that a university will be able to charge will be frozen for the second year running.

The University of Liverpool Mathematics College is set to become the first specialist maths school in the north of England.

Damian Hinds has launched a ‘workload reduction toolkit’ to help teachers cut unnecessary tasks from their workload.

The DfE published the winter 2017 school snapshot survey, which asked teachers and school leaders about a range of educational topics.

Damian Hinds announced a skills deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority, which will include the creation of hundreds of new apprenticeships at SMEs, as well as a multi-million investment in local colleges.