Key mentions

Shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden mentioned the Sutton Trust’s research on children’s centres in a debate on improving education standards.

Sutton Trust research on higher education and evidence submitted to the Education Select Committee have been cited in the Committee’s report on value for money in higher education.

The Trust’s research into early years and social mobility were referenced several times throughout a debate in the House of Lords on early interventions to improve the welfare, life chances and social mobility of young people in the UK.

The Sutton Trust’s Unfair Deal research has been cited in a House of Commons research briefing on the value of student maintenance support.

Key announcements

The Government responded to a consultation on accelerated degrees, with Sam Gyimah confirming plans for the expansion of two-year courses and plans for universities to be able to charge higher yearly fees.

Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds and Under Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi hosted a summit on the home learning environment where the Secretary of State announced £18m to be given to community groups working with parents, more training for health visitors, and working with businesses in order to find new ways to increase early literacy rates.

The DfE released the latest data on widening participation in HE, showing that 25.6% of pupils who were in receipt of free school meals aged 15 entered HE by age 19, compared to 43.3% of non-FSM pupils.

The government announced a £8 million T Level Professional Development Programme to help teachers and leaders prepare for T levels.

The DfE released a report on outcomes for disadvantaged students in post-16 education, showing that disadvantaged students are over-represented in FE and highlighting a gender gap in earnings progression.

The new National Leaders of Governance were announced. These are six experienced governors and clerks who will provide peer-to-peer support at FE and sixth form colleges where governance needs to improve.

Damian Hinds along with heads of other organisations including Ofsted, ASCL and NAHT have signed a collective letter agreeing to the recommendations set out in the Making Data Work report and pledging their support to schools cutting out unnecessary work.

The DfE released figures on entrants to postgraduate initial teacher training courses for this year, showing that there were around 2,000 more new entrants this year compared to last year, but that targets were missed in every subject except biology, history, English and primary teaching.