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Full Education Select Committee Line-Up Confirmed
September 13, 2017

The full membership of the House of Commons education committee has been confirmed.

Five Conservative MPs, five Labour MPs and one Scottish National Party MP will serve under the chairship of Robert Halfon, the former skills minister.

The committee holds the government and its regulators, like Ofsted and Ofqual, to account on policy, administration and spending.

In recent years, it has held inquiries into multi-academy trusts, regional schools commissioners, primary testing, school funding and the supply of teachers.

Labour announced before the summer that former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell would join committee veteran Ian Mearns and Westminster newbies Emma Hardy, Thelma Walker and James Frith as its representatives on the committee.

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Government Outlines Single Awarding Organisation Plan for Prisons
August 29, 2017

The Ministry of Justice intends to appoint single awarding organisations for seven areas of study, it has announced on the government tendering website.

The areas of study are to be English, ESOL, maths, ICT, catering and hospitality, construction, and cleaning and facilities, which between them it claims cover 42 per cent of its learning delivery. These, the MoJ says, are the curriculum areas which are studied by the largest numbers of prisoners and are most likely to be qualification bearing.

The initial approach to market will officially be opened on September 21, and the contract will run for a total of four years, from 1st August 2018 until 31st July 2022.

The MoJ says it “will not directly pay for the services provided by the selected awarding organisations, but instead mandate the use of particular qualifications for successor education providers.”

A “market engagement” event to outline the plan took place for interested awarding organisations earlier this month. In a presentation made at the event, bid returns are expected by 20th October, with the contract awarded on 3rd November.

The procurement appears to follow the Coates Review into prison education in May last year, in which Dame Sally Coates criticised existing provision.

“Currently there is too much variation between the requirements of different awarding bodies,” she wrote.

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Almost Half of Highly Skilled EU Workers ‘Could Leave UK within Five Years’
June 27, 2017

Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leave.

One-third of non-British workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly skilled workers from the EU most likely to go, according to new research into the impact of Brexit on the jobs market.

The consultancy firm Deloitte found 47% of highly skilled workers from the EU were considering leaving the UK in the next five years. In a report on Tuesday, it warns of serious implications for employers, raising the pressure on ministers to come up with sensible immigration plans and to find ways to improve the skills of UK workers and make better use of robots in the workplace.

Overall, 36% of non-British workers in the UK said they were thinking of leaving within the same period, representing 1.2m jobs out of 3.4 million migrant workers in the UK. Just more than a quarter (26%) said they were considering leaving within three years.

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DWP Has a New Minister
June 12, 2017

Education Figures had a Mixed Night at the Polls in the General Election
June 10, 2017

Neil Carmichael, the Conservative chair of the education select committee, has lost his seat in the general election, while education secretary Justine Greening managed to narrowly cling on.

In a night of high drama, the Conservatives remained the largest party but lost their majority in the House of Commons.

Mr Carmichael was defeated in the constituency of Stroud, with a 9.3 per cent swing to Labour’s David Drew, who overturned a majority of 4,866 to win by a margin a 687 votes.

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General Election Results 2017 – Response From The Sector
June 10, 2017

A summary of the some of the key sector responses to the election results overnight,

kirsty mchugh ersa 100x100ERSA’s Chief Executive, Kirsty McHugh, said: “ERSA looks forward to working with the new government to ensure that we have a robust labour market that delivers for everyone. The election result points to the need for a much stronger domestic policy focus and the next government needs to focus urgently on welfare support, low pay, social mobility and opportunities for young people if it is to deliver a comprehensive Brexit deal that works across society. ERSA’s election ‘Minifesto’ points to some of the solutions that we believe should now be prioritised.
“ERSA believes that the new government should develop an agenda that demonstrates leadership on the great domestic issues of the day, underpinned by a welfare system that can deliver transformational impact by supporting communities across the country. At the heart of this will be setting in train planning for its proposed Shared Prosperity Fund while also ensuring we fully allocate all of the crucial 2014-2020 European Social Fund pot. Additionally, to solve the UK’s great productivity challenges, the government should establish an independent in-work progression service, while also ensuring that all jobseekers are guaranteed access to high quality specialist employment support. ERSA also believes that the new government should go one better than the Conservative’s manifesto and maintain its previous laudable commitment to halving the disability employment gap.
“The message from the electorate is clear: the government must refocus its activities, prioritising its domestic agenda. Only then will the government be able to secure a stronger post-Brexit Britain.”

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The Work and Health Programme Briefing Paper
June 6, 2017

The Work and Health Programme is a welfare-to-work programme which will be launched in autumn 2017.

It will provide specialised support for those unemployed for over two years and, on a voluntary basis, to those with health conditions or disabilities. The Programme will be run by service providers awarded contracts by the government.

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Welfare Shakeup ‘Will Push a Quarter of a Million Children into Poverty’
April 3, 2017

Analysis for the Guardian finds changes due on 6 April will also wipe thousands off payments for bereaved families

A government shakeup of welfare payments being introduced on Thursday will push a quarter of a million children into poverty while wiping thousands of pounds off payments for bereaved families, according to research.

Analysis for the Guardian reveals that a family whose third child is born before midnight on Wednesday could be up to £50,000 better off over 18 years than one whose child is born on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a terminally ill man has told the Guardian that his wife and children will see tens of thousands of pounds wiped off their bereavement benefits if he survives beyond this week’s welfare deadline.

The man, from Barnet in north London, who spoke under the pseudonym Alan in order to protect his family, hit out at the “callous and brutal” reforms that will limit payments to widowed parents from many years to a maximum of 18 months.

The crunch for families celebrating a new birth or grieving the loss of a parent is a result of changes coming into effect on 6 April. They were announced when George Osborne was chancellor and are being enacted by Theresa May’s government. One of the changes means all households that have a third or subsequent baby will – aside from a limited set of exemptions – no longer be able to claim child tax credits.

Policy in Practice found that more than 600,000 families – championed as the “just about managing” households, which the prime minister vowed to protect on her first day in government – would be hit by the child welfare cuts, while many more could be affected by other cuts.

An expected 8,000 third or additional children are expected to miss out on support of up to £2,780 a year in April, a figure that could climb to 104,000 over the next 12 months, said the authors of the study.

The two-child restriction would inflate current child poverty figures by 10% by the end of the parliament, the study predicts, with a knock-on cost to public services of around £270m a year as a result of increased support spending in other areas such as housing and schools.

“The impact of growing up in a family that struggles to provide basic necessities will mean this policy is likely to have financial and social consequences well into the future,” said Deven Ghelani, director of Policy in Practice.

Osborne announced the two-child policy in 2015 as part of a £12bn programme of social security cuts. It is expected to save £1bn a year for the Treasury by 2021. Also coming this week is a freeze to working age benefit levels, at a time when, according to the Resolution Foundation, the wealthiest will benefit from over £2bn a year in income tax cuts.

Families with children in which one parent dies are currently eligible for a £2,000 lump sum followed by a taxable benefit of approximately £112 a week until the youngest child leaves full-time education, which can stretch over 20 years.

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Government gives greenlight to employers to develop a Master’s apprenticeship for senior leaders
September 26, 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) gave the go-ahead for this new apprenticeship to be developed this week, which will include a Master’s degree and Chartered Fellow professional recognition, and is aimed senior executives and C-suite level.

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