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Education in the media: Monday 19 February 2018

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Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the review of higher and further education.

Post-18 education and funding review

Today, 19 February, the Prime Minister will announce the launch of a wide-ranging review of post-18 education and funding. The review will be supported by an independent, external chair and panel and will identify ways to help people make more effective choices between the different options available after the age of 18.

This could include giving young people better guidance about the earning potential of different jobs and what different qualifications are needed to get them, so they can make more informed decisions about their futures.

For those who retrain during their career, the review will also look at how to support flexible life-long learning, including part-time and distance learning.

The review has received wide-spread media coverage today and over the weekend. The Secretary of State Damian Hinds appeared on the Andrew Marr show yesterday morning in his first national television interview as Education Secretary, and his interview with The Sunday Times was the paper’s front-page lead.

This morning, the Secretary of State was interviewed on the Today Programme, Good Morning Britain, Sky and LBC Radio. The review has been covered in print in The Times, the I, The Metro, the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Times Red Box, BBC Online and many others.

In a speech to launch the review, Theresa May will call for a parity of esteem between academic and technical options so we can “create a system of tertiary education that works for all our young people”.

Theresa May’s speech will be made in Derbyshire at 2pm today.

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