Department for Education

New wave of free schools given the green light

The Department for Education has approved 131 new schools

Thousands of schools places will be created after plans for more than 100 new free schools are given the green light. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools (111) will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups. 

A large proportion of these schools will be based in the East (18) and South East of England (27), with the fewest in the North West (5) and the North East (2) of the country. 

New apprenticeship register announced to help young people "climb the ladder of opportunity"

Government announces new apprenticeship

Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in. 

Students urged to take part in National Apprenticeship Week events

SFA apprentices supporting #NAW2017

Today marks the start of the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week. 

Schools, colleges and businesses across the nation are joining forces this week to celebrate the wealth of opportunities facing young people leaving school. 

The week got off to a roaring start with a special event held at Barclays Bank on Canary Wharf, where education secretary Justine Greening addressed an audience of 100 employers and apprentices. 

In her speech, Ms Greening praised the lifelong benefits of apprenticeships, calling them a "gold-standard route into a great career".

Sex education to be made compulsory in all English schools

Sex education to be made compulsory in all English secondary schools

A new government announcement has outlined that all English secondary schools will have to teach sex and relationships education. 

Education secretary Justine Greening made the announcement yesterday to make amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill to make lessons compulsory in all English secondary schools. 

The amendments also enable the government to make regulations requiring PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) to be taught in all primary, secondary, maintained and academy schools in England. 

PSHE and relationships education aim to equip students with valuable knowledge and life schools to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships, especially as they grow up in a new digital age.