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£50 million to deliver world-class facilities for T Level students

£50 million will be invested in colleges, schools and sixth forms delivering T levels across England from 2022 to improve and expand teaching spaces and facilities. The funding will ensure students have world-class facilities when studying for T Levels, helping to transform the provision of  technical education to help fill local skills gaps and level up opportunities across the country.

Landmark Government proposals to strengthen free speech at universities

@GavinWilliamson to appoint a Free Speech and Academic Freedom Champion. Landmark Government proposals to strengthen free speech at universities  Government announces tough new legal measures to strengthen free speech and academic freedom on campus Education Secretary to appoint a Free Speech and Academic Freedom Champion to investigate breaches of free speech and impose fines where appropriate Free speech duties to be strengthened and extended to Student Unions, which could also face fines Tougher legal measures to strengthen free speech and academic freedom at universities in England have been announced by the Education Secretary today (16 February), to stamp out unlawful ‘silencing’ on campuses.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 17 September 2020

A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.

Services for vulnerable children in the Northeast rated Outstanding

Sunderland children’s services jump to Outstanding from failing in 2015 following Government intervention Improved services in one of the most deprived councils in England are making a real difference to vulnerable children’s and families lives.

Government announces additional £50 million to support university students impacted by Covid-19

Thousands of students will benefit from an additional £50 million to support them with financial pressures from the pandemic, the Universities Minister has announced today (2 February).  

Launch of new International Education Strategy, including details of the new Turing Scheme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ Sector Response

Sector response to the International Education Strategy and the #TuringScheme replacing the UK's participation in @EUErasmusPlus. Government will be launching its updated International Education Strategy, including details of the new Turing Scheme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ 

Employers offering traineeships will receive £1,000 bonus for every trainee they take on with up to a maximum of 10 trainees

Employers can now apply for a £1000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, @GillianKeegan has announced today  The new scheme will support young people to gain the skills and experience they need from the very start, helping them to get a job, an apprenticeship, or pursue further study. The cash boost – which is available until 31 July 2021 - will help businesses with the cost of providing a high-quality work placement for a trainee. This includes providing facilities, uniforms or helping with travel costs.

Vocational exams cancelled in February and March - Government must stop treating BTEC and vocational students as an afterthought

The Secretary of State for Education @GavinWilliamson writes to @Ofqual's Chief Regulator outlining the process to agree alternative arrangements for exams in 2021 

Two Consultations launched on exam replacements in 2021: One for GCSE, AS and A Level and another for VTQ's

Two Consultations have been launched for the 2021 exam replacements for how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be awarded and a separate consultation for VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021  Teachers to provide students’ grades using a range of evidence that reflects students’ hard work and ability Students would be assessed only on what they have learnt, to recognise the disruption caused by the pandemic Students, employers and sector to give views on teacher assessment proposals in consultation launched today by Department for Education and Ofqual   Students who were due to sit exams this summer will receive grades determined by teachers, as part of proposals published today (Friday 15 January) to maximise fairness and help young people progress to the next stage of their education or training.

Skills for Jobs White Paper is launched - Sector Response

@GavinWilliamson launches the #SkillsforJobs #FEWhitePaper - New College Business Centres, employers central to designing technical courses and the launch of a new recruitment campaign for FE teachers  The much anticipated Skills for Jobs FE White Paper has been launched today (21 Jan 2021).

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