The statutory guidance for schools on providing careers guidance has been updated.
This statutory guidance is for:
- school staff
- local authorities that maintain pupil referral units
Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there is a good reason not to. Read more
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has today announced a number of measures to make sure all children have access to a world class education.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has today (2 October) announced a series of measures to make sure every child has access to a world-class education at every stage of their lives, regardless of their background.
The announcements build on the hard work of teachers and the government’s reforms with 1.9 million more pupils now in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 – an increase from 66% of pupils to 86%.
School sport action plan
A cross-government school sport and activity action plan will consider ways to ensure that all children have access to quality, protected PE and sport sessions during the school week and opportunities to be physically active throughout the school day.
The Department for Education, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department of Health and Social Care, will review what further steps can be taken to support schools to train their teachers to deliver high quality provision in school and ensure that every child can participate in the sport and physical activity that is right for them.
Damian Hinds speaks at Resolution Foundation about closing the attainment gap by tackling the ‘last taboo’ of education – the home learning environment. Delivered on: (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
Thank you very much to the Resolution Foundation for chairing and to David for that introduction.
And good morning everyone. It’s a great pleasure to see so many people here this morning.
In particular, I’d like to take the chance to welcome the new chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Dame Martina Milburn. I’m very much looking forward to working with you and your team, and, indeed, to being challenged by you on these issues.
For Dame Martina, and for some many people here, of course, have championed social mobility for a long time.
It is also a cause very close to my heart.
Social mobility is, ultimately, why I’m in politics – it’s why I wanted to come to be a minister at the Department for Education. In fact, I think it is a large part why we have a Department for Education – a core purpose of that department.
Everyone should have the chance to fulfil that spark of potential which exists in all of us.
You shouldn’t be destined to travel a certain path just because of the place that you start. That’s a simple concept – but not so easy to get right as many have found over the years.
The names of more than 60 FE colleges set to play key roles in new hubs, which the education secretary Damian Hinds has said will transform careers education across England, have been unveiled.
But question marks have been raised over how viable it will be for the colleges to implement the required changes, as the hub support fund amounts to just £1,000 per provider.
This is despite the Department for Education announcing an overall allocation of £5 million over two years to support the hubs’ development.
There will be 20 careers hubs in every region outside of London, which will comprise colleges working with local schools and universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to pool their expertise on improving careers education.
These form a central part of the government’s careers strategy, published in December, which focused the need to implement eight key “Gatsby benchmark” standards.
“The careers hubs announced today will support young people with the right advice to help them make decisions about their future by building better links with employers and providing practical guidance and support to improve the provision of careers advice,” said Mr Hinds.
Other financial support on offer was said to include funding of up to £3,500 for 15 colleges and schools in each hub to train a “careers leader”. Read more
The National Careers Service website recently launched a pilot version of job profiles and related search features and they want your feedback.
The first phase of this development focuses on the user journey for career management and features 142 job profiles, based on the most popular of the 800+ job profiles available.
Piloting the updated website means we can test and develop the new features, based on audience feedback while keeping the current content up and running. New features will be continuously developed, based on your feedback.
Go to https://beta.
The Department for Education is looking for volunteers to help them understand what could encourage more adults to take up training.
They are looking for adults aged 24 and above who do not need to have any recent experience of training or prior knowledge to take part. They will simply be asking for people’s views and opinions.
This is an opportunity to genuinely influence government policy.
If you (or any of your colleagues or client) are interested in taking part in interviews or focus groups, please email Mathew Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, telephone number and email address, and the times when you are normally available. Read more
Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP has written to the Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP to press the Government on what it is doing to improve the quality of education in the North.
The letter follows the Committee’s public hearing on Wednesday (2 May) with George Osborne, Lord O’Neill and Henri Murison from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) which focused on their recent report Educating the North. Robert Halfon has called on the Government to respond to concerns over the use of the pupil premium, the spending of the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund, and high-profile failures of some MATs in the North.
The letter (see below) also notes how northern pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve lower attainment levels than disadvantaged pupils elsewhere in the country.
Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said: “The NPP’s report on ‘Educating the North’ lays bare the stark educational attainment gap between the North and other parts of England. This is particularly true for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, who at the age of 16 achieve an average Attainment 8 score of 6.5 points below that of their peers in London.
The Education Committee shares concerns about skills, inequalities in educational attainment and social justice and welcomes the path for improvement proposed by the NPP. The Government must now urgently spell out what action it is taking to narrow the attainment gap between the North and the rest of the country.”
Dear Secretary of State,
Gov.uk is reporting that Education Secretary Damian Hinds will clearly set out how the Government will “trust school leaders to get on with the job” by clarifying who schools are accountable to and boosting development opportunities for new teachers.