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

OctoberThe month started with the Conservative government in full flow, setting out policies at its Annual Conference but ended with a retreat on some, including primary assessment and apprenticeship funding.

Some key headlines from the month:

  • Bills. Education for All Bill dropped, new Technical and FE Bill introduced
  • School exclusions. Up in latest stats particularly in some disadvantaged areas
  • Languages. Parliamentary Group launches checklist to protect languages under Brexit
  • EBacc. 39.6% of state school pupils enter the EBacc in 2016 with 24.5% achieving
  • 48.2 hours. How many hours a week secondary teachers in England work on average
  • Apprenticeships. Latest stats show 503,700 starts in current year
  • Apprenticeship End Point Assessment. Government launches new support programme
  • Maths app. The National Numeracy charity launches a new mobile phone maths game
  • Digital skills. Provision for free basic training to be included in Digital Economy Bill

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Careers opportunities galore on display at skills show

SSS16More than 5,000 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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Skills for Energy Conference

‘What does the energy industry mean to you?’ 
Energise Your Future at the Skills for Energy Conference

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Potters Resort, Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk NR31 9BX

Session 1: 10.00 – 12.00 – booked out
Session 2: 11.00 – 13.00 – places available
Session 3: 14.00 – 16.00 – places available
Session 4: 17.00 – 19.00 – places available

To find out more details and how to book please read the flyer.

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

September 29, 2016

Main talking points in Education in September 2016September

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

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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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