Education in the Media: Friday 15 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Education Secretary’s response to pupils striking for climate change.
Climate Change School Strikes

Today, Friday 15 February, the action group Youth Strike 4 Climate will be leading protests on the issue of climate change. It has been reported that pupils from schools around the country will be striking from school to attend these protests. This has been covered by the Independent, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Mirror, the Sun, the Mail, and the Times, as well as on broadcast by BBC Breakfast and the Today Programme.

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Education in the Media: Thursday 14 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog focuses on the termination warning notices  which have gone out to two Steiner schools, and new research from Neon on the disadvantage gap in higher education admissions.
Steiner Schools

Yesterday, Wednesday 13 February, the Department issued two termination warning notices to Steiner Academy Bristol and Steiner Academy Frome. This was covered by the Times, Independent and Guardian.

The termination warning notices  follow Ofsted’s inspection reports – dated 11 January 2019 – which rated both schools to be Inadequate. The letters stated that funding…

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Education in the Media: Wednesday 13 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog contains news of the T Level contract awards.
T Level Contracts

Today, Wednesday 13 February, we are awarding contracts to deliver and award the first three T Levels from 2020. Winning bidders will work with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to ensure that T Levels are of the highest quality and delivered effectively.

T Levels will be the technical equivalent to A Levels, combining classroom theory with practical learning and industry placement. The new gold standard qualifications have been developed with employers and are…

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Education in the Media: Tuesday 12 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at A Levels and the latest report from the Office for Students.
A Levels

Today, Tuesday 12 February, the Royal Society issued a press release based on a speech by the society’s president, Venki Ramakrishnan. This was reported by the Independent, the Times, the Sun and the Metro.

A DfE spokesperson said:

Our world class A Levels were designed with direct input from subject experts and universities to ensure young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to go on to higher education or get job.

But A Levels are not the only…

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Education in the Media: Monday 11 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Edge Foundation report, the next stage of the Selective Schools Expansion Fund, and Minister Gibb’s ambition for girls to succeed in science.
Edge Foundation Report

Today, Monday 11 February, Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee, is giving a speech as part of the launch of the Edge Foundation report, where he said that GCSEs should be replaced with a wider baccalaureate-style qualification. The report has so far been covered by BBC Online, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mirror, Metro, Daily Express, FE Week and TES, as well…

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Education in the Media: Friday 8 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the opening of the final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), the newly published HESA stats on university applications and our response to the Onward report on unconditional university offers.
Strategic College Improvement Fund

Today, Thursday 8 February, the Department for Education launched the final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), a programme aimed at providing further education colleges with bespoke support, to help them boost the standard of further education on offer.

The £15 million fund is…

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Education in the Media: Thursday 7 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks the Education Secretary’s speech on character and resilience and the newly published UCAS statistics.
Character and resilience

Today, Thursday 7 February, Damian Hinds gave a speech on the importance of all children having access to a wide range of activities to help them build the character and resilience they need to succeed. This was covered widely today in the I, the Sun, the Yorkshire Post, Daily Mail and The Times. The Secretary of State was also interviewed this morning on Good Morning Britain, Sky Sunrise, Talk Radio and LBC.

In the…

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