The Opportunity Areas programme is sponsored by the UK Department for Education (DfE) for England. The programme aims to help more children and young people to achieve their full potential through targeted funding in 12 areas which are among those which face the greatest challenges to social mobility in England. The funded is targeted at…
This briefing summarises the 2019 Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) education and skills report published in partnership with Pearson.
This briefing summarises an Ofsted research report which explores how schools make decisions when they are under financial pressure, and what impact these decisions could have on the quality of education they provide. The report was accompanied by a blog commentary from the Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman which proved to be controversial in her apparent…
This briefing analyses the Labour Party’s manifesto proposals on education, children’s services and skills.
The DfE published Special educational needs: analysis and summary of data sources in May 2020; the seventh in a series of compendiums providing statistics and links to source documents. This briefing summarises that document and considers other policy analyses that can add to the picture and widen our understanding special educational needs and disability provision.
A look at the findings of England’s education inspectorate (Ofsted) from school visits in September and October 2020 and other reports on parents and children on the return to schools of all children in Autumn 2020.
The National Audit Office has reported on the Government initiative in England to improve technical education by establishing separate educational institutions – University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – for 14 to 19-year olds. A key finding is that the 48 UTCs in January 2019 were operating at 45% capacity on average.
This briefing is on two reports (both December 2019) evaluating aspects of the GCSE changes: The Sutton Trust, supported by the FFT Education Datalab: Making the Grade: The impact of GCSE reforms on the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers; and Ofqual: GCSE reform in schools: The impact of GCSE reforms on students’ preparedness.
The need to promote the wellbeing of children and young people during the pandemic and tacking mental health problems has grown during the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at recent reports on the issue.
This briefing reviews the House of Commons Education Committee June report on the educational achievement of white working-class children. Using data gathered from England they found students have been “let down by decades of neglect and muddled policy thinking”.