Suffolk Skills Show 2016: 19 October

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Ian Twinley, CEO of John Grose, and Chairman of the Suffolk Skills Show Steering Committee for 2014, 2015 and 2016 said:

 “The first skills show in 2014 showcasing a huge number of local Suffolk Businesses and education providers was a huge success and enjoyed by over 3,500 young people, and in 2015 over 5,000 young visitors. For 2016 we aim to make the event even more engaging with further content that will help young people with their career planning.”

Find out more on the Suffolk Skills Show website.

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Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in August 2016

2 September 2016

AugustThe 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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Accredited qualifications in Information, Advice and Guidance – new courses

Suffolk County Council have released new dates for people wishing to gain a qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance (Level 3) and Careers Guidance (Level 4 and Level 6).

For more details please go to our Events section.

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Save the Date: OPITO ‘Pipeline of Information’ week

FREE CPD for teachers, careers advisers and education professionals
7th – 11th November 2016

Pipeline save the date

 

Find out more in our Events section.

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Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in July 2016

JulyThe 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

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Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in June 2016

June 30, 2016

JuneAs this latest monthly summary shows, education has spent much of the last month pushing on with developments in a number of key areas including around schools, apprenticeships and HE, but now finds itself wondering how things will shape up in the wake of the referendum result. A watching game beckons until early autumn.

Some key headlines from the month

  • KS3 tests. Chief Inspector calls for their return as a way of stretching pupils
  • School inspections. Ofsted report continuing North-South divide in latest inspection data
  • Multi-academy trusts. Education Committee hears Ofsted and RSC views
  • School Improvement. ASCL and CUREE hook up to offer a new support partnership for schools
  • SEND. Key survey reveals pressure on the special needs system
  • Capital funding for schools. NAO to investigate and report back this winter
  • Regional School Commissioners. New support tier of Deputies emerges
  • Sixth form colleges. Nearly 2/3 lining up a move to academy status
  • Teacher training places. The National College invites bids for places in 2017/18
  • FE Commissioner. To step down later this year
  • Apprenticeship Levy. Minister confirms slight delays but broadly on course

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Gamechangers – Energy Bootcamp

Energy bootcampA two-day event on 1-2 August 2016
for students from year 8+ –
find out more in our Events section.

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