Education in the Media: Friday 14 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today our blog looks further at the Key Stage 2 statistics released yesterday, as well as a story about a grammar school actively working to improve access for disadvantaged pupils.
Key Stage 2

Yesterday, Thursday 13 December, the department published the latest Key Stage 2 performance tables as well as further data on attainment and multi-academy trust tables. This received coverage from the Guardian, the Times, the I News, the Telegraph, the Express and the Daily Mail.

The key statistics include that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed in each progress…

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Education in the Media: Thursday 13 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the latest UCAS admissions data, the narrowing disadvantage gap in primary schools and an update on the Taking Teaching Further programme.
UCAS Data

Today, Thursday 13 December, UCAS published admissions data showing that a record proportion of students in England and Scotland received university offers. This was reported in the Independent, the Guardian and the Mail.

The record proportion of students being issued offers is great news for young people looking to progress into higher education, and is testament to their hard work. However,…

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Education in the Media: Tuesday 11 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog focuses on the new £2 million research fund announced by the Social Mobility Commission.
Social Mobility

Today, Tuesday 11 December, the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) hosted its launch event to introduce the new Commissioners and to set out the vision for the organisation. As part of this, the SMC announced a new £2 million research fund and also launched its latest Social Mobility Barometer to coincide with this event. This has received coverage from BBC Online, the Independent, the Guardian, the Times and the Mail.

The £2 million fund has been…

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Education in the Media: Monday 10 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Selective School Expansion Fund, our new report on child protection, and the latest guidance on safe out-of-school settings.
Selective School Expansion Fund

Today, Monday 10 December, the Labour party issued a press release based on an analysis of the Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF). This analysis fails to comprehend the aim of the scheme.

The Labour analysis notes the current figures for disadvantaged pupils currently studying at the 16 schools, which were successful in applying for the fund. However, the point of the initiative is…

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Education in the Media: Friday 7 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at our aim to widen university access as well as the annual apprenticeship statistics and the issue of essay mills.
University Access

Today, Friday 7 December, the Sutton Trust has published analysis of the latest UCAS data on university access. This has been covered by BBC Online, the Independent, the Guardian, the I News, the Times and the Mail.

While there is still work to do in order to close the disadvantage gap, there has been promising and steady progress. The latest figures show that there are record rates of 18 year-olds from…

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Education in the Media: Thursday 6 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Secretary of State’s speech on technical education.
Technical Education

Today, Thursday 6 December, the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, delivered a speech on technical education at Battersea Power Station in London. This has been reported by the Independent, the Times, the Telegraph, the Sun and the Mail.

The Education Secretary’s speech focused on his ambition to close the gap in prestige between vocational education routes and the more traditional academic routes of A Levels and university degrees.

At the heart of…

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Education in the Media: Wednesday 5 December 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the extension of the Government’s autism strategy, and promising figures on the Apprenticeship Levy.
Autism Strategy

Today, Wednesday 5 December, we issued a joint press notice with the Department for Health and Social Care on the extension of the autism strategy guide, to include children as well as adults.

The aim of this is to transform outcomes for autistic children by ensuring that they get the right support in their communities, joining up health, care and education services to address autistic children’s needs holistically.

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