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New UK Government cyber schools programme ‘Cyber Discovery’ launches to find next generation of cyber security talent.
Young people in years 10-13 invited to test their skills in’ Cyber Discovery’, in a bid to find and train undiscovered cyber security talent
More than a billion pounds has been pledged to boost core school funding, the education secretary has announced, but education leaders remain concerned over wider implications.
The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government from campaigns over funding shortages, and will see an additional £1.3bn spent on schools in England over the next two years.
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.
Today welcomes in the biggest shake-up of skills in a generation as the apprenticeship levy comes into force.
The levy will require all employers in the UK with an annual wage bill of at least £3 million to pay 0.5% of it to go towards funding apprenticeships.
This money will be invested to provide quality training opportunities for apprentices and double the annual investment in apprenticeships in England to £2.5bn by 2019 to 2020, compared to investment from 2010 to 2011.
Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places.
The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021.
It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016.
The government has got the ball rolling on its pledge to deliver a new cohort of free schools by launching a new public property company.
This new company, LocatED, has been created to acquire land and buildings across the country to help the government with its plans to build 500 new free schools by 2020, and create 600,000 new school places by 2021.
Campaigners reacted with anger when the plans were announced, saying the money being ploughed into this project would be better spent on existing schools that are facing cuts of £3bn in the next three years.
At 9.45am on Friday 17 March, at the NEC, Birmingham, Rt Hon David Laws will be hosting a session at Bett Academies, looking at the role that academy schools play in achieving a world-class education for all children. He will be guiding attendees through the evolution of the academy schools programme, and the impact it has had on various areas of performance and achievement. With informed and practical advice on how to work within an academy to achieve a world-class level of education, this is a must-attend session for all academy and multi academy trust (MAT) leaders and teachers.
Today’s Budget has come under attack as the Chancellor faces claims that a £320m fund for free schools would be better spent elsewhere.
Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget this afternoon which highlighted plans to put aside £320m to fund 110 new free schools, in addition to the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.
The government believes its White Paper will create a more level playing field and provide equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds.
Teaching unions have spoken out in frustration regarding plans to invest £320m in free schools, while existing schools are forced to save £3bn by 2020.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the multi-million pound fund in tomorrow's Budget, which will be used to create up to 140 new free schools, including grammar schools.
These will be in addition to the 500 already pledged to come into fruition by 2020 and aim to give power back into the hands of parents and local communities.
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".
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