EEF/Sutton Trust mentions

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned the EEF in an answer in the Commons on the attainment gap.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned the EEF in an answer in the Commons on child poverty and attainment.

Baroness Deech tabled a question on our Home and Away report, which was answered by Viscount Younger Of Leckie.

Lyn Brown tabled a question on one of the key recommendations of our Home and Away report, which was answered by Sam Gyimah.

Lord Agnew of Oulton mentioned the Sutton Trust and the EEF as key stakeholders in an answer on the government’s report, ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’.

Sutton Trust research was cited by Justine Greening, Gillian Keegan and Siobhain McDonagh in a debate on Social Mobility and the Economy.

Key announcements

Former Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, launched her new initiative, the Social Mobility Pledge, which asks organisations to commit to partnering with schools, offering work experience and/or apprenticeships, and adopting open recruitment processes to level the playing field.

The Chancellor delivered his spring statement, announcing £50million to help employers roll out T-levels, and £80million to help small businesses take on apprentices.

The government released data on the earning and employment outcomes for graduates in 2015/16, finding that the most advantaged graduates earn more than the most disadvantaged, and those who were eligible for free school meals earn less than those who were not.

In a statement on higher education access, Scottish higher education minister Shirley-Anne Somerville called for universities to take action to ensure that by 2021, 10% of entrants to each university are from Scotland’s most deprived backgrounds.

Education secretary Damian Hinds delivered his first major speech to teachers at the ASCL annual conference, promising to cut teacher workload to resolve the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

The government opened the consultation for the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding.

The Office for Students is to take over responsibility for university access from the Office for Fair Access from 1st April 2018.

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced a £3million fund to support Wales’ brightest and most talented pupils.