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Too little too late on teacher retention

03 May 2017, by in Public services

Yesterday saw the last minute publication of the government response to the inquiry into teacher recruitment and retention undertaken by the House of Commons education select committee earlier this year. The committee’s original report, published in February, highlighted a number of key issues, including that the increasingly complex range of routes into teaching training routes…




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#Budget2017: Boost for technical skills funding

08 Mar 2017, by in Economics

As with much of the Budget, the package of skills measures contained few surprises as the various announcements had been trailed extensively beforehand. Nevertheless, there is much to welcome in the Budget on technical education and skills, in particular the commitment to step up funding for the rollout of the new qualification system (or “T…




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Building our technical skills: the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

26 Jan 2017, by in Politics

This week the Government has made a great deal of its proposals on skills in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper. A BEIS press release came out last weekend entitled Technical education at heart of modern industrial strategy and this echoed the longstanding refrain that the UK has world class universities, but by comparison “technical education for school…




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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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