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Govt risks wasting £600m of apprenticeship cash on ‘rebadged’ training courses

17.04.18: The introduction of the levy around this time last year has actually diminished the quality of apprenticeships, with the government now running the risk of dishing out £600m on courses that are incorrectly labelled as apprenticeships, Reform...

Councils need powers to crack down on bad home-schooling, says LGA

11.04.18: Councils should have the powers and funding to enter the premises of home-schooled children to ensure they are being taught in suitable conditions, the LGA has argued. The recommendation follows news that the Department for Education (DfE)...

How apprenticeships work

04.04.18: With a higher number and higher quality of apprenticeships on offer than ever before, 2018 is set to be a monumental year for training. Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, explains how apprenticeships are helping more p...

Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16.03.18: The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘School funding pressures in England,’ published today by the Education Policy Institute, found t...

LGO upholds 80% of Education and Health Care Plan complaints

07.03.18: Eight out of 10 complaints about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP) investigated by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) are upheld, Michael King has revealed. Speaking at a conference yesterday, King said that out of nearly...

Academies mean councils struggling to take integrated approach to education

23.02.18: Councils are struggling to take an integrated approach to education in areas where high numbers of secondary schools are academies, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed. The report has found that the government is taking lon...

‘Crisis brewing’ in secondary education, MPs warn

31.01.18: The number of secondary school teachers has been falling rapidly since 2010, it has been revealed. A report by the public accounts committee has shown that since 2012 more teachers have been leaving the profession for reasons other than retirem...

Are we taking a risk on education?

14.12.17: Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements around education funding and staffing in this year’s Autumn Budget. Back in July, educatio...

Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14.12.17: Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprenticeship levy so far since its introduction in May. From May this year, all large employers have h...

A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11.12.17: Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the Department for Education (DfE), tells PSE’s Luana Salles about the extraordinary benefits that...

NAHT urges Westminster to confront school budget crisis

17.10.17: The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is imploring the government to begin serious work on school budgets. The independent union has sent letters to every single MP setting out four reasons for school funding being at a “br...

New funding system for schools ‘not sustainable in long term’

18.09.17: Councils have this week criticised the government’s new funding system for schools, which they argue is “not sustainable in the long term”. It follows the Department for Education (DfE) announcing new measures to “pu...

Most council complaints in 2016-17 relate to education and children’s services

02.08.17: Councils received the most complaints about education and children’s services last year, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has today revealed. In its release of data about local government complaints for 2016-17, adult so...

Counties claim £1.3bn school boost falls flat of addressing chronic underfunding

18.07.17: County councils have today warned that the £1.3bn funding announced for schools yesterday is positive in the short term, but that more needs to be done to redress inequalities in funding across the country. Yesterday, education secret...

Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26.05.17: Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. In an observation, which looked at the conse...

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