More than 4,000 young people attended the Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich yesterday, getting an insight into the huge range of careers available with local employers.
Parties of pupils from 38 schools across the county travelled to the event, which was also open on a “drop in” basis for other students and parents.
More than 100 employers were represented at the show, with the various stands offering a total of 75 “hands-on” activities for visitors to try out.
The annual event is supported by Suffolk County Council, with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce as a partner and Easton & Otley College as main sponsor.
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September 29, 2016
Main talking points in Education in September 2016
It’s not all been about grammar schools this month even though at times it’s felt like it. The last few weeks have seen some important keynote speeches referencing education by all three main Party leaders, debates about testing, concerns about apprenticeship funding and the first of the annual HE league tables.
Some key headlines from the month:
- Anti-bullying. The government launches a new app to help children report cases of bullying
- National Reference Test. Ofqual gives the go-ahead for 2017 start
- GCSE grades. Ofqual confirms fairer approach for top grades of new GCSEs
- Excellence campaign. New group launched to strengthen focus on standards not structures
- Grammar schools. The great debate starts following the PM’s speech and Green Paper release
- Academy conversions. The Education Policy Institute points to yo-yo effect
- New sixth forms. AoC challenges government rules
- Apprenticeships. Testing out of the new digital apprenticeship service gets under way
- Apprenticeship funding. Concerns and petition raised about proposed rates
2 September 2016
The main talking point this month has been the exam results season and the traditional rituals that go with it. Attainment and gender gaps along with alternative routes and assessment pressures remain hot topics. Ofqual’s monitoring report provides useful technical coverage. Elsewhere the apprenticeship levy, the graduate premium and the latest dept plan have variously attracted interest over recent weeks.
Some key headlines from the month:
- Free Schools. DfE extends criteria to include social and demand needs
- Grammar schools. Debate breaks out as the government considers options
- Marked exam papers. Pearson to make freely available next year
- Crowdsourced exam questions. OCR considers the case
- Education Datalab suggests new GCSE grade threshold could hit some schools hard
- Sutton Trust announces two new schemes to help widen access
- GCSE results. EBacc entries up, A*-C core pass rate for 16 yr olds slightly down, more so for 17 yr olds
- A’ level language results. Pass rate remains steady, AS entries drop, uni entries up
- Public Accounts Committee announces new Inquiry
- Up for the 16-18 age group, down for 19-24 yr olds in latest figures
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The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of education and skills in her first Cabinet meeting, the Education Secretary issued a statement on schools funding, MPs debated the HE Bill, and 17 reports were rushed out before the summer break.
The most obvious talking point this month has been the ministerial changes and the creation of an all-through Education Department but as these listings below show, many familiar problems have not gone away.
Some key headlines from the month
- 2017 Year 7 resits and multiplication tests. Put on hold
- Schools’ financial health. DfE issues range of new guidance
- School funding. Current arrangements to remain as funding reform put back to 2018
- Free schools. The Cameron government announces a further 31
- Multi-academy trusts. Government, EPI, Sutton Trust publish separate challenging reports
- The NAHT reports on how Assistant Heads and Principals are managing workloads
- Postgrad Teacher Training. UCAS publishes the profile of 2015 recruits
- Careers guidance. Education Committee issues latest critical report
- Functional Skills. Consultation underway on revised literacy and numeracy standards
- English and maths. The EEF and J.P.Morgan offer funds to help 16-year-olds
- Ofqual sets out its approach to regulating end–point assessments