Key mentions

Sutton Trust research on apprenticeships and evidence given by our CEO Lee Elliot Major has been cited in the Education Select Committee’s report into the quality of apprenticeships.

The Trust’s Pathways to Medicine programme was referred to by Health Minister Stephen Barclay in response to a question about what the NHS was doing to promote careers in medicine for those from deprived backgrounds.

The Trust’s pupil premium polling was mentioned by Under Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi in response to information on how schools are using the pupil premium.

The Sutton Trust’s Leading People report was cited in a House of Commons briefing paper on careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities.

Sutton Trust research on grammar schools was cited in a House of Commons briefing paper on grammar schools in England.

Sutton Trust research into schools and attainment was mentioned several times in the DfE’s report on the academic progress of young people in year 11, as was the EEF’s report into English as an additional language, and the Setting and Streaming strand of the Toolkit.

Key Budget announcements

The Chancellor has announced a one-off capital investment of £400 million for schools to spend on equipment and resources that they need. This will be £10,000 for the average primary school and £50,000 for the average secondary school.

A regional trial to test how to improve retention of early career maths and physics teachers will receive £10 million in funding.

The national minimum wage for apprentices is set to increase to £3.90 an hour, up from £3.70.

From April 2020, large businesses will be able to invest up to a quarter of their apprenticeship levy for training in their supply chains.

The amount that small and medium-sized enterprises will have to contribute towards apprenticeship training will be halved to 5%.

The Government will also provide up to £5 million to the Institute for Apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Service in 2019-20, to identify gaps in the training provider market and increase the number of employer-designed apprenticeship standards available to employers. All new apprentices will start on these new, higher-quality courses from September 2020.

The Government will fund £20 million of skills pilots, including a £7 million match-funding alongside employers to provide on-the-job training to young people not currently in employment, education or training in Greater Manchester.

The Government will provide £38 million of capital funding to support implementation of the first three T levels in 2020 across 52 providers.

Other key announcements

Damian Hinds announced the 12 Social Mobility Commissioners that will support the new Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Dame Martina Milburn.

At the Conservative Party conference, Damian Hinds made a series of funding announcements including a further £5m for the careers leader scheme, a new £10m fund for improving training for teachers on managing poor behaviour. He also announced the 32 schools set to become English hubs and 21 new centres for excellence in post-16 institutions to improve the quality of maths teaching.

The Department for Education has released its latest statistics on apprenticeship starts, showing that apprenticeship starts for July 2018 have increased by 21% compared with July last year, but have decreased by 43% compared with July 2016.

Under Secretary of State Nadhim Zahawi has announced a new Care Leaver Covenant which aims to create 10,000 work opportunities for care leavers over the next ten years.

The government announced new measures to tackle grade inflation. Institutions will now be measured on the number of firsts and 2:1s that they award as part of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.