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£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

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. 

This funding - £416 million in 2018-19 and £884 million in 2019-20 - is an addition to the core school budget set out in the last spending review, meaning funding for schools will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18.

The extra cash has been freed up from within the Department for Education's existing budget, with no new money being given by the Treasury. 

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. 

Apprenticeship levy signals new age for skills training

New levy doubles annual investment in apprenticeships

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. 

Employers in England can set up an online account to manage their funds and invest in training for apprentices that are working for them. There are around 100 accounts being set up every day. 

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

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. 

Government launches new company to create 500 more free schools

Government launches new company to carry out plans for more free schools

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. 

The role of academies in achieving a world-class education for all

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. Here, David gives us an insight into what we can expect from his session, and how academies have changed and developed under the previous two Governments. 

 

Chancellor claims £320m fund will allow children of all backgrounds reach their full potential

The Spring Budget was delivered in the House of Commons today

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.

Unions slam free schools plan as an "irresponsible use of public money" ahead of tomorrow's Budget

Tomorrow's Budget will confirm £320m of funding for free schools

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. 

Mr Hammond said: "These announcements take the next steps in giving parents greater choice in finding a good school for their child, whatever their background.”

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".

Institute for Apprenticeships reveals operational plan

Details on how millions of top-quality apprenticeships will be delivered over the next three years have been revealed today as the Institute for Apprenticeships sets out its operationas300_k1e8325edit.jpgl plan. 

The government announcement to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 has been supported by the creation of the Institute, which will begin work in April this year to make that bid a reality. 

This plan also announces the names of the eight board members appointed to run the institute, who will largely be made up of employers, business leaders and their representatives. 

Should tackling be allowed in school rugby?

 

Stadia Sports manager Daniel Goddard takes a look at the dangers of school rugby and discusses the safety equipment available. 

In a recent letter to the Government, more than 70 doctors and health experts asked for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. The letter outlines and warns of the risk of serious injury among under 18s playing the sport, with a recommendation for schools to introduce touch and non-contact versions of the game. 

In the current curriculum, rugby is a compulsory part of physical education from the age of 11, and there is particular emphasis on it in the independent sector.

Digital transformation in the education sector

Despite the UK government making clear efforts to put digital transformation firmly at the top of itsagenda to upskill the next generation workforce, with initiatives such as the latest Digital Economy Billcoming into effect, the UK is still experiencing a critical shortage of digital skills which must be addressed to support the future growth of the economy.

Have you got what it takes to be a primary school teacher?

primary school teacher

 

The United Kingdom is in desperate need of more teachers. There might be more than 450,000 people working in state schools across the country, but even that number is not enough to satisfy the demands of a growing school age population.

The Government has set itself targets to try to get more people into the profession through training courses and has missed them for four years in a row as it struggles to grapple with the need to recruit the right people in large numbers. 

New government standards for teachers’ professional development are long overdue

New government standards for teachers’ professional development are long overdue

Former senior school leader Denise Inwood is Managing Director of BlueSky, creators of BlueSky Education, the leading online staff development, professional learning and self-evaluation software for schools. She set up her business precisely to help schools improve by raising teaching standards and therefore welcomes the recent DfE guidance on standards for teachers’ professional development.   

The government has published its first ever set of teacher professional development standards - a move I welcome wholeheartedly as better late than never.

LGA statement on 'LEAVE' vote in EU Referendum

“Local government is going to be central in bringing communities together following this vote.

“Councils in England need a seat around the table when decisions are taken over how to replace EU laws as part of the UK’s exit negotiations. It is vital that local government is part of the team.

“EU laws and regulations impact on many council services, such as waste, employment, health and safety, consumer protection and trading and environmental standards.