Education in the media: 23 January 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at Ofsted inspections for apprenticeship training providers.

Apprenticeship training providers

Today, Tuesday 23 January, a story ran in the Times which suggests that many apprentices are receiving inadequate training, and that Ofsted inspectors are struggling to inspect the increased number of training providers since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

Last year, Ofsted inspected 182 apprenticeship training providers, and found that over half of apprentices trained by these organisations were in good or outstanding provision – this…

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Education in the media: Monday 22 January 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s education in the media blog discusses a report from Action for Children on children’s centres, university costs for students and an Opportunity Area in Derby.

Action for Children

Yesterday, Sunday 21 January, the charity Action for Children published a report of new analysis suggesting that nearly 1,000 children’s centres across England have not been inspected for over five years.

This story has been covered today by BBC Breakfast and online by BBC News.

All early years provision in children’s centres is subject to Ofsted inspection. We believe that it is up to local…

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Education in the media: Friday 19 January 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media looks at today’s announcement on education standards by the new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Today, Friday 19 January, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced in an editorial for The Times his plans to raise standards and deliver more good school places across the country.

The announcement has been covered by TES and Schools Week and has had regional coverage in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Ipswich Star and Stoke Sentinel.

Read the full editorial below.
By Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Whenever I…

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Education in the media: Thursday 18 January 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media looks at 30 hours free childcare, pupil number overestimations and Minister Gyimah’s tour of universities

30 Hours Free Childcare

Today, Thursday 18 January, the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PSLA) has released findings from a survey of 1,662 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders about the Government’s 30 hours free childcare scheme. The survey suggests that the Pre- School Learning Alliance believe a number of childcare providers are not offering the 30 hours as ‘completely free’ places. Childcare providers comment that funding for the scheme is too low…

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Education in the media: Wednesday 17 January 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog focuses on online websites offering ‘fake degrees’, and what we are doing to tackle this, as well as an NAO report into the number of pupils taking STEM subjects.

Fake degrees

Yesterday, Tuesday, 17 January, BBC Radio 4’s File on Four discussed the topic of ‘fake degrees’. This is where websites pose as universities and offer fake degrees without the purchaser having to do any studying or take any exams. The documentary focused on a whistleblower who works for Axact, one of the companies responsible for handing out fake degrees. The programme…

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Education in the media: Tuesday 16 January 2018 | Media Officer

 

 

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the support we are providing to schools and apprentices following the announcement that Carillion, the facilities management and construction company, has gone into compulsory liquidation. The blog will also look at the support we have been providing to improve the education of children with special educational needs.

CARILLION

Today, Tuesday 16 January, there was widespread media coverage that Carillion, the facilities management and construction company, went into compulsory liquidation on Monday, 15 January.

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Education in the media: Monday 15 January 2018 | Media Officer

 

Today’s education in the media blog discusses teachers’ pay, the cap on faith schools and girls’ interest in STEM subjects.

Teachers’ Pay

Today, Monday 15 January, the charity Education Support Partnership released figures showing how many applications it had received from teachers for financial support with housing and transport costs. This was covered in the Independent.

In 2017 the Government informed the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) that it had adopted a more flexible approach to public sector pay allowing greater freedoms on setting teachers’ pay but asked that the…

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