Key mentions

Justin Madders MP tabled a parliamentary question on the Sutton Trust’s Access to Advantage report.

Baroness Bull cited the Sutton Trust’s report Internships – Unpaid, Unadvertised, Unfair, in an oral question in the Lords on unpaid internships.

Dan Jarvis MP tabled a parliamentary question on the APPG on Social Mobility’s report Closing the Regional Attainment Gap.

Chuka Umunna MP cited the Sutton Trust’s research on means-tested fees in a report for Progressive Centre UK.

Key announcements

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the Spring Statement, announcing that he will bring forward apprenticeship levy reforms and will remove PhD-level roles from visa caps.

The Office for Students announced that they are funding a new ‘What Works’ centre to help universities meet their targets to eliminate gaps in entry and drop-out rates in higher education.

MPs voted to pass new legislation on relationships and sex education.

The DfE announced £31.6 million worth of funding to train more educational psychologists to provide more children with better mental health and special needs support.

The Government published a new International Education Strategy outlining plans to increase the number of international students studying in the UK by more than 30% by 2030.

On Tuesday, the DfE launched a consultation reviewing post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Damian Hinds announced a new leader board of top apprenticeship employers and a new quality mark for apprenticeships.

To mark National Careers Week, the DfE announced that they were working with industry leaders to develop careers-related learning in primary schools.

The DfE have announced a new mental health taskforce to help ease the transition from sixth-form or college to university.

The DfE will be providing specialist training for 1,000 health visitors working in deprived areas to support children’s early language and communication needs during routine home visits.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced an extra £24 million of funding for maintained nursery schools.