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Poor policy decisions by UK nations during schools crisis affected disadvantaged pupils the most, new report finds

A new report published today (Friday 9th October) by the Education Policy Institute (@EduPolicyInst), funded by the Nuffield Foundation (@NuffieldFound), examines the education policy responses of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the height of the pandemic. It finds that disadvantaged learners lost out most where there were delays and poor decisions.

The education disadvantage gap had stopped closing even before the pandemic, posing a major setback for the government’s “levelling up” ambitions

New research published today (Wednesday 26th August) by the @EduPolicyInst (EPI) shows that the attainment gap between poorer pupils and their more affluent peers has stopped closing for the first time in a decade. 

The number of students required to continue English and maths study is set to surge with rising unemployment

“Catch Up Plan” needed to prevent disadvantaged pupils falling further behind during the pandemic

Education Policy Institute publishes proposals for a school “Catch Up Plan” to prevent disadvantaged pupils falling further behind during the pandemic  @EduPolicyInst has today (6 May) published a series of policy recommendations for government, ‘Preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic' is designed to prevent a significant widening of the disadvantage gap between poor children and the rest of the pupil population. 

Effective Policies, Successful Schools: Launch of latest OECD PISA report

On Tuesday 29th September, @EduPolicyInst will be hosting the launch of the latest @OECD PISA 2018 Volume V report, "Effective Policies, Successful Schools", which analyses schools and school systems and their relationship with education outcomes.

Helping Every 16-18 Year Old to Progress

Results have yet to match the aspirations The aspiration for policy makers over the last couple of decades has been to improve early years and school education to the extent that young people enter the later phases of education, post 16, equipped for success.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the early years workforce

New @EduPolicyInst and @NDNAtalk survey finds 71% of #EarlyYears staff were #furloughed between March and August  A significant proportion of early years settings are relying on the government’s furlough scheme, sparking concerns that the childcare staffing crisis is set to worsen when the scheme ends. 

Technical vs academic funding: How does England compare with leading European nations? Sector Response

How technical education in England compares with leading nations: Government must go further with technical education reforms, or risk falling further behind  The funding gap between technical and academic education in the UK as a whole is considerable, with technical education routes receiving 23% less funding than academic routes.    In sharp contrast to the UK context, other nations fund technical education at a higher rate than academic, including Austria (26%) and the Netherlands and Germany (37%). Recent government funding increases of £400m for 16-19 education only reverse a quarter of cuts to the sector since 2010/11. The lack of funding for technical education in England is also reflected in less generous student support: government bursary funding to students decreased by 71% per student between 2010/11 and 2018/19. Technical courses are typically cheaper to run than those offered in leading countries – fewer more expensive courses, such as engineering, are available to students in England. Technical education courses in England are of short duration, and the curriculum is one of the narrowest in the developed world: unlike England, other countries continue with maths, languages and other subjects at this level. This narrow approach may be depriving students of valuable skills.   The government’s technical education reforms, including the new T levels, are a positive development, but the reforms do not go far enough: course length, quality and employer links must be addressed if England is to match provision in high performing nations. A new report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) "An international comparison of technical education funding systems - What can England learn from successful countries?" undertakes a comprehensive comparison of technical education in England and the UK with other developed countries.

Number of young people in further education experiencing mental health difficulties continues to rise

The Education Policy Institute @EduPolicyInst has published its Annual Report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), "Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019". 

Growing funding gap between FE and HE means fewer opportunities and poorer health outcomes for students taking vocational qualifications - Sector Response

Further education pathways: Examining the life outcomes of students studying #vocational qualifications A new report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), commissioned by the Health Foundation, which examines the life outcomes of students studying vocational qualifications has found that students taking vocational qualifications have fewer opportunities and poorer health outcomes. New financial settlement is needed to close the gap.

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