There are more people in work than ever before and wages continue to outstrip inflation, but we recognise that some families need more support. That’s why we’re investing £9 million in free summer holiday clubs and continuing to spend £95 billion a year on working age welfare to support families.
There is currently more money going into schools than ever before and the Government has acted to tackle disadvantage by providing schools with an extra £2.4 billion this year through the Pupil Premium.
As the Prime Minister has said, further education and skills will be a priority for this government - and the Education Secretary taking the lead for this vital work is a reflection of that commitment.
The more rigorous GCSE in English literature examined from 2017 rewards pupils for getting to grips with a wider range of literature at a deeper level. We are confident that this is providing better preparation for pupils to take the A level.
Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the coverage of equalities teaching in Birmingham.
Following the Timpson Review, we are consulting on how to make schools more accountable for the students they exclude, working with Ofsted to clamp down on off-rolling, and calling on local areas to explain or change trends in exclusions for certain groups of children.
We have confirmed that the maximum tuition fees for full-time and part time undergraduate courses will remain at 2019/20 levels of £9,250 for a standard full-time course. In addition to this, maximum undergraduate loans for living costs will increase by forecast inflation, as will disabled students’ allowances for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The Grenfell Tower fire was a terrible tragedy and its impact will be felt by the local community for many years ahead. This funding will support the planned merger between Kensington and Chelsea College and Morley College so local people can get the high-quality further education and training they need.
Reducing workload is a key priority for the department – last July we published a workload reduction toolkit, which we worked on with school leaders and teachers. This has been collectively downloaded over 158,000 times since becoming available.
We are glad to see that school and further education funding is being highlighted as an important issue ahead of the next spending review, where the Education Secretary will back the sector to have the resources they need to deliver world-class standards across the board.