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Schools take centre stage in #Budget2016

16 Mar 2016, by in Public services

As trailed in yesterday’s press, a centrepiece of the Budget is a move to make every school in England an academy and to strip local authorities of their long-standing role in education. The signs were there that this was on the cards with the Times reporting earlier this month that there would be two Education…


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Free schools given another boost

30 Nov 2011, by in Public services

As with much of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the vast majority of the announcements on education, childcare and skills had already been trailed over the past week. The most controversial is the announcement that an extra £600M will be made available to establish 100 additional free schools in England over the coming three years, including…


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More talk of apprentices – stony silence on EMA

23 Mar 2011, by in Working Life

One of the few positives in the Budget was the announcement that there is going to be additional funding to boost the number of apprenticeships.  An extra £180M has been allocated “for up to 50,000 additional apprenticeship places over the next four years”. Forty thousand of these opportunities will be focused on young people not…


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CSR 2010 and skills – adults take the hit

20 Oct 2010, by in Working Life

The announcements on further education and skills in the comprehensive spending review indicate that, by and large, adult students and older employees will feel the brunt of cuts to provision. The apprenticeship programme aimed at young people is the clear winner with a commitment to fund an additional 75,000 places for people aged 19-25 at…


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Cuts Watch #15: Cuts to education and skills

24 May 2010, by in Cuts Watch

The main cuts to education and skills announced today comprise £200M from the higher education budget, £200M from the budget for the Train to Gain skills programme, and a range of ‘efficiency savings’ applied to skills quangos. The £200M cut to Train to Gain actually involves a refocusing of this expenditure on apprenticeships and college…


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