Save the Date: OPITO ‘Pipeline of Information’ week

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

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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+ –
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HOLD THE DATE: Suffolk Skills Show 2016


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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Enterprise and Employability: Business and Education – a Joint Approach

NAEAN logo groupFriday, 8 July 2016
Trinity Park, Ipswich

A free, all-day conference with keynote speakers, local expert speakers, workshops, marketplace and networking opportunities.

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

MayMay 27, 2016

Main talking points
A busy testing and exam month of course with standards generally remaining a big issue including standards of performance, standards in the school system, standards in apprenticeships and standards for teaching excellence in HE as various Reports here indicate. Bit by bit battle lines are being drawn.

Some key headlines from the month

  • SATs. Government commits to them despite series of issues this year
  • Mental health. Schools champion dropped as DfE reviews the role
  • Term-time holidays. Government re-considers rules following court hearing
  • Exam entries. Ofqual publishes latest figures for 2016 summer entry
  • Academies. Government shifts from coercion to aspiration
  • Education Bill. New Bill to continue school system reforms included in Queen’s Speech
  • Functional Skills. Providers and practitioners have their say
  • Apprenticeship marketing. New campaign launched aimed at young people
  • NEETs. Latest stats (Jan-March 2016) show slight decrease
  • English Language testing. Home Affairs Committee launches new Inquiry.

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