Key mentions

The Sutton Trust’s Access to Advantage research has been cited in a House of Lords library briefing on equality of opportunity and quality of life for young people.

The Sutton Trust’s research on university access, early years teaching, apprenticeships and regional attainment gaps was mentioned throughout a debate in the Lords on equality of opportunity, cited by Baroness Grender, Baroness Bull, Baroness Prashar, Baroness Tyler of Enfield and Lord Agnew of Oulton.

The Sutton Trust’s Changing the Subject report was cited by Nick Gibb in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Andrew Rosindell on the effect of the EBacc on the UK’s performance within international league tables.

Lucy Allan cited the Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Index in an Education Select Committee oral evidence session on Opportunity Areas.

Key announcements

The Augar Review of Post-18 Education and Funding was published, making over fifty recommendations to the Government on how to improve the system.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced that the DfE will be providing £9.1 million in funding to offer around 50,000 disadvantaged children free meals and activities over the summer holidays.

The Timpson Review of School Exclusions was published, which makes recommendations to the Government on how to ensure exclusions are used appropriately.

Almost 10,000 schools have signed up to take part in the pilot of the Reception Baseline Assessment.

The DfE have announced a £10 million investment in a scheme to tackle bad behaviour, with a a network of expert schools to be identified to help teachers and school leaders in need of support.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds launched a new programme to protect children at risk of sexual and criminal exploitation.

Ofsted have published their Education Inspection Framework which sets out how Ofsted will inspect education settings in England.

The DfE have launched a consultation on new digital Functional Skills qualifications aimed at adults with low or no digital skills.

The OfS have awarded £5.6 million to projects based in universities and colleges across England to boost opportunities – such as work experience, internships and additional training – for graduates who seek work close to home.

An expert panel was convened by the Department of Education to review the content of teacher training and recommend ways to align it with the government’s Early Career Framework teaching reform.

The DfE announced a pilot scheme to give eligible mathematics and physics teachers a £2,000 retention payment in the 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021 academic years.

The DfE announced £2.5m boost to Careers Hubs in 20 areas.  It is an expansion of a model launched last year aimed at transforming careers education around the country.