Thursday 28 February 2019: University access, early years funding and the 4.5 day week | Media Officer

 

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at university access, two new announcements and schools implementing a shortened week.
Office for Students Report

Today, Thursday 28 February, the Office for Students (OfS) has published new guidance for universities and announced a new policy centre, with the aim to improve access and participation for disadvantaged and under-represented groups in higher education. This has generated coverage from BBC Online, the Mail, the Times and the Telegraph.

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Education in the Media: Wednesday 27 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at Modern Foreign Languages, higher education access, and new university subject rankings.
Modern Foreign Languages

Today, Wednesday 27 February, BBC Online reported on their own analysis of the uptake of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in schools. The story says foreign language learning is at its lowest level in secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling the most. The Schools Minister Nick Gibb was also interviewed on this for the Today Programme.

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Education in the Media: Tuesday 26 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the funding for children’s services, and how we are working to tackle sexual harassment at universities.
Children’s Services

Today, Tuesday 26 February, a press release has been issued jointly by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, the Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau. This has received coverage from the Guardian, the Independent, Sky News and the Express, as well as on broadcast by BBC News.

The top line of the press notice says that funding for children’s services has been cut by a third since 2010 and points to…

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Education in the Media: Monday 25 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog focuses on the new guidance on RSE and health education.
RSE and Health Curriculum

Today, Monday 25 February, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed plans for reforms to the RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and health education curriculum to be implemented in schools from September 2020. This has been covered nationally by the Mail, the Telegraph, the Times, the Guardian, the Mirror, the Sun, the Metro and BBC Online, whilst there has also been regional coverage from the Yorkshire Post, Birmingham News, Lancashire Post. In addition to…

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Education in the Media: Friday 22 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at social mobility and T Levels.
Universities

Today, Friday 22 February, BBC Online, Radio 4’s Today Programme and the Times all reported on comments from The Russell Group and seven charities who have suggested that institutions may have to offer fewer university places if tuition fees are cut and there is no additional government funding.

More specifically, we are continuing to challenge universities to do more to address disparities in access by looking at their own data and admissions policies, to ensure that anyone with the potential to go…

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Education in the Media: Thursday 21 February 2019 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog includes an op-ed from the Education Secretary, and good news of a teacher from Birmingham making the Top 10 shortlist for the Global Teacher Prize.
SATs Stress

Today, Thursday 21 February, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds wrote an opinion piece for the I newspaper. The focus was on primary school SATs stress and reducing unnecessary pressure on pupils. The I also ran a separate article on this.

The Education Secretary used this opportunity to emphasise that SATs tests should not be treated with the same rigorous preparation as GCSE or A Level…

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Education in the Media: Wednesday 20 February 2019 | Media Officer

The Education Secretary meets with pre-schoolers at Busy Bunnies Nursery in Braybrook, Peterborough.

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at new announcements from the Education Secretary, as well as T Level funding.
Peterborough Visit

Today, Wednesday 20 February, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds is visiting an early years setting in Peterborough which is running a project focused on improving the home learning environment. This visit coincides with the announcement of free access to high-quality early years apps for disadvantaged families, as well as the launch of the £5…

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