Key mentions

Dame Martina Milburn and Robert Halfon mentioned the Sutton Trust in an Education Select Committee accountability hearing with the Social Mobility Commission.

The Sutton Trust’s Free For All research was mentioned by Melanie Onn and Mike Kane in a Westminster Hall debate on free schools.

The Sutton Trust’s Stop Start research was mentioned by Gordon Marsden in a Westminster Hall debate on raising aspiration in secondary education.

The Sutton Trust’s Recent Changes in Intergenerational Mobility in Britain research was cited in a House of Commons Library research briefing pack on Social Mobility and Treasury reform and a briefing on social mobility and inequality.

Sir Peter Lampl’s response to the Augar review of post-18 education was quoted in the House of Commons Library briefing paper on The Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review) recommendations.

Lucy Powell cited the Sutton Trust’s Stop Start research in an urgent question in the Commons on the IFS report on Sure Start centres.

Key announcements

The DfE have released statutory guidance on the introduction of the new compulsory curriculum on relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education in September 2020.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out plans to change the schools admissions code so that the most vulnerable children, such as those fleeing domestic abuse, can access a school place more quickly.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced a new advisory group of experts in character education to look at ways to best support schools to run more activities that build character and resilience.

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore announced that a Disabled Students’ Commission will be created by the Office for Students to examine the barriers faced by disabled students in higher education and improve support for them to succeed.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have called on non-levy paying SME’s and training providers to help develop the apprenticeship service.

The Education Secretary also announced that 22 applications to create a new free school have been successful, creating an extra 19,000 places in underperforming areas.

Damian Hinds has called on universities and higher education providers to drop or revamp courses delivering poor value for money in response to analysis on graduate pay.

The first meeting of the EdTech Leadership Group, chaired by Paralympic swimmer Baron Chris Holmes, took place this month to discuss improving the use of education technology in the classroom as well as accessibility and inclusion in schools.

The DfE have published an agreement between the DfE and Baker Dearing Education Trust outlining their roles in supporting the university technical colleges programme.

The DfE have announced a new drive to encourage schools and local authorities across the North East to come up with proposals on how to maximise the talent of young people when they move from primary to secondary school.

The Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has written a letter to all schools on the findings of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry calling for schools to avoid stigma about entitlement to free school meals and provide access to free drinking water.