Key appointments

Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington is to become acting National Schools Commissioner from September this year.

Key mentions

CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation Kevan Collins gave evidence to the Education Select Committee as part of their inquiry into the impact of early years on life chances.

Sutton Trust research on part-time study has been cited in the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on post-school education.

The EEF were mentioned by skills minister Anne Milton in an answer on apprenticeships.

Sutton Trust teacher polling and EEF Pupil Premium Toolkit were cited in an Education Select Committee evidence session on school college and funding.

Key announcements

The Department for Education announced a £730million fund to create 40,000 new school places in both primary and secondary schools.

The DfE published data compiled by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the earnings of graduates five years after graduation, find that subject choice, university and family background all have a significant impact on graduates’ earnings.

Damian Hinds set out new measures to make academy trusts more accountable for the money they spend.

Skills minister Anne Milton announced a £5million scheme to attract experienced industry professionals to teach in further education.

Nadhim Zahawi announced that for the first time, foster parents will have access to the 30 hours free childcare offer, giving them the same rights as other working families in England.

The DfE launched a pilot of improved measures to support children’s early development in language and vocabularly in Reception.