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New EPI report finds that entries to arts subjects are on the decline – The Staffroom

22nd September 2017

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a new report entitled ‘Entries to Arts subjects at Key Stage 4’ examining entries to arts subjects at Key Stage 4 (KS4) over the past decade. This covers a period of considerable change to school accountability measures, including the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and of Progress…

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Two thirds of businesses are not using the Apprenticeship Levy – The Staffroom

21st September 2017

According to research by Evolve Learning Group and West London College only one in three (32%) of employers who qualify for the Apprenticeship Levy are taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff. The survey of 1005 employers with over 150 employees found that millions of pounds of apprenticeship levy money, aimed at…

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Reducing regulatory burden: the Ofqual handbook and more -The Staffroom

20th September 2017

Ofqual has announced a package of measures to reduce regulatory burden, including a new online handbook. In October, Ofqual will be launching a preview version of the Ofqual handbook – a new, online resource that brings together all our general rules and guidance, making them easier to use and understand. They will also be confirming several…

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Government announce new training opportunities for thousands of teachers – The Staffroom

19th September 2017

Thousands of teachers across the country will benefit from additional training thanks to multi-million pound professional development fund, recently announced by the Education Secretary announced. Six leading organisations, including the Teacher Development Trust, Teach First and the Institute of Physics, will share a fund worth almost £17million as part of the government’s drive to support…

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New EPI Report on Access and Waiting times in children and young people’s mental health services – The Staffroom

18th September 2017

A new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) examines new data on access to specialist treatment for children and young people with mental health problems, and the waiting times they face. This new data was obtained by EPI through a Freedom of Information request.   Key findings Access to mental health services Children with mental health…

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Fairer funding system to end ‘postcode lottery’ for schools – The Staffroom

15th September 2017

Education Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed details of a new fairer funding system for schools in England, putting an end to the historic postcode lottery that saw huge differences in funding between similar schools in different parts of the country. The National Funding Formula (NFF), the biggest improvement to the school funding system for decades,…

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New Report on Retaining and Developing the Teaching Workforce – the Staffroom

14th September 2017

The National Audit Office has recently published a new report on ‘Retaining and developing the teaching workforce’ which examines whether the Department of Education is effectively supporting the schools sector to retain and develop the teaching workforce. The Department considers that the quality of teaching is more important to pupil outcomes than anything else a…

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Consultation of reformed subject content of Functional Skills announced – The Staffroom

14th September 2017

The government have recently announced a new consultation on reformed subject content for Functional Skills qualifications in mathematics and English. The Government is reforming functional skills qualifications to improve their relevance and content, and to build their recognition and credibility in the labour market. The reformed subject content consultation document asks questions on the proposed…

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New OECD Report finds Benefits of university education remain high but vary widely across fields of study – The Staffroom

13th September 2017

The latest OECD publication Education at a Glance 2017 finds that tertiary enrolment is expanding rapidly, with very strong returns for individuals and taxpayers, but new evidence shows that universities can fail to offer, and individuals fail to pursue, the fields of study that promise the greatest labour-market opportunities, according to a new OECD report….

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Is there a Crisis in the Creative Arts in the UK? – The Staffroom

12th September 2017

A recent report, A Crisis in the Creative Arts in the UK?, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute, looks at the implications based on evidence that schools are cutting back on art teachers, and students are fearful of taking the subject, because of pressure to do well in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects. It also finds that the…

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