The opportunity to study at university should be open to anyone with the talent and potential to benefit from higher education. With students and taxpayers sharing the cost of higher education it’s right that we challenge those institutions which could appear to be more focused on ‘getting bums on seats’ than getting students into high quality courses worth paying for.
We have been clear that there is more money going into our schools than ever before, and since 2017, we have given every local authority more money for every 5 to 16 year old in every school and made funding fairer across the country.
We have made great progress in ensuring universities are open to all, with record rates of disadvantaged 18-year-olds in higher education. But much more needs to be done and we expect the sector to make significant progress in the coming years.
Today our blog focuses on the speech by Minister Skidmore on anti-Semitism, and an article about LGBT education in schools by Minister Gibb. Anti-Semitism Today, Friday 17 May, the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore called for universities to adopt the International …
Today our blog looks at further coverage on our early years workforce announcement, as well as a new Universities UK report on BAME attainment.
We want to create opportunity for everyone. Employment has risen in every UK region under this government, wages are outstripping inflation, the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed and the proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds in education or apprenticeships is at its highest ever.
The Education Secretary recognises that the lead up to GCSEs and A-levels can be a stressful period for pupils, but also notes the importance for young people in being able to deal with the challenges they’ll face in life, including developing the resilience and coping mechanisms to deal with challenging experiences such as exams.
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.
Today, Thursday 18 April, we made a joint announcement with the Ministry of Defence, calling on universities to do more to support armed forces children and ex-service people by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.
In our blog today, the Education Secretary is calling on universities to end grade inflation, whilst we also look at media coverage on student loans and finances at Holland Park School.