Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Department’s announcement about expanding the National School Breakfast programme. The blog also looks at news coverage of changes to the student loan repayment system. Breakfast programme expansion On Saturday, 4 January, …
We have recently announced an extra £18 million to extend the Opportunity Area programme, which is supporting five areas in the Yorkshire and Humber and North West, while Opportunity North East (ONE) is addressing the reasons why too few young people in the North East are reaching their potential through secondary education and beyond. In ONE, the department will invest up to £24m to deliver a focussed programme to address the specific challenges in the North East.
Today, Friday 1 November, the Sun published an article about their Free Books for Schools initiative to encourage more pupils to read.
The new funding will be used to expand the number of IoTs from 12 to 20, to make sure young people have access to quality technical education. The expansion will particularly benefit the North-West of England, Teesside, the East Midlands and cities along the South Coast.
We are investing up to £26m in our national schools breakfast club programme across 1,700 schools and provide free school meals for 1.3 million of the country’s most disadvantaged children.
Today’s blog looks at the government’s plans to open up to 30 new free schools, the publication of international data on education policy and performance, plus work underway by the Office for Students (OfS) to improve university access.
Tackling disadvantage will always be a priority for this government. The gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed since 2011, and 85% of children are now in good or outstanding schools compared to just 66% in 2010.
We are confident provision for schools will be protected in the event of the UK having to leave the EU without an agreement and there are robust contingency plans in place to ensure schools are prepared in all eventualities.
As the Prime Minister has said, further education and skills will be a priority for this government - and the Education Secretary taking the lead for this vital work is a reflection of that commitment.
Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the announcement of the first Institutes of Technology, as well as school funding and the Education Secretary’s letter to the NAHT union.