Media Officer

Making apprenticeships work for all employers

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We want an apprenticeship system that works for all employers – big and small. Our reforms were designed and driven by businesses of all sizes to make sure apprentices learn the skills employers need. Apprenticeships are now longer, higher-quality, with more off-the-job training and provide for a proper assessment at the end.

Supporting schools and communities to build an anti-weapon culture

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The majority of schools are safe environments for pupils and teaching staff, and it’s important they remain so. The Education Secretary has been clear that education is the best protection for vulnerable young people most at risk of being led down a dangerous path, and we must all take a united approach to protecting them.

Ensuring that children progress in school

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In response to calls for SATs to be discontinued, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds wrote an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph on 21 April, setting out the importance of primary school assessments to ensure that children are developing and progressing in education.

EPI report on removed pupils

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No headteacher goes into the job to remove a pupil from school - and no headteacher takes the decision to do so lightly. Schools will typically have gone through a number of sanctions before exclusion is considered, taking into account the welfare of other pupils in the classroom.
It is against the law to remove pupils on the basis of academic results – any school that does it is breaking the law.

Primary school offer day

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Last year 97.7% of parents got one of their top three choices, with 91% of these being their first choice. These numbers have been gradually improving since 2014 despite rising pupil numbers during this period. School standards have also been rising – 87% of primary schools are now rated Good or Outstanding, compared to 67% in 2010.

Identifying and intervening in unregistered school settings

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Today’s data shows why our new register of children not in school is so important. Illegal schools are unregulated and present a danger to both the quality of education and the welfare of those children who attend them – a register will vastly improve councils’ capacity to identify those children and intervene.