Despite the unprecedented challenges the global Covid pandemic has created this year, @EducationGovUK has been delivering on the Government’s promise to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background.

Investing in schools and teachers

We said we would provide schools with more funding and we have invested an extra £14.4 billion in funding for schools, in total, over the three years to 2022-23.

In June, we committed over £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year school rebuilding programme, starting from 2020-21.

In 2020-21, we also allocated £2 billion in condition funding for essential maintenance and upgrades across the school estate, which includes an additional £560 million announced by the government in June.

In addition, we are on track to deliver projects to rebuild or refurbish buildings in poor condition at 90 schools during 2020-21, through the Priority School Building Programme.

The number of teachers also remains high, with over 453,000 teachers working in schools across the country - that is over 12,000 more teachers than in 2010.

This year starting salaries for teachers have already increased by 5.5% and we remain committed to achieving a £30k starting salary.

Looking after pupil wellbeing

In May, we announced £6.5 million to put social workers in schools to support children at risk. Across the education sector, we have provided £5.4m worth of grant funding through the College Collaboration Fund - five of the projects funded support student and/or staff mental health and wellbeing via online programmes and remote support.

Our £8 million Wellbeing for Education Return programme is helping education staff respond to additional mental health pressures caused by the pandemic by providing training and support to local schools and colleges via councils, the vast majority of whom – 97% of councils - have taken up the offer.

Our new relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum equips all schools with age-appropriate and comprehensive guidance on how to keep children safe and healthy in their personal and social lives.

In January, the Department launched the Period Product scheme. This scheme intends to ensure that no pupil misses out on education due to their period.

In July, we announced schools in England will benefit from £320 million from the PE and Sport Premium during the academic year 2020-21 to help children get an active start in life, supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise – from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement.

Caring for vulnerable children and young people

We are increasing high needs funding for councils by £780 million this year and a further £730 million in 2021-22, boosting the total budget for supporting young people with the most complex special educational needs and disabilities to more than £8 billion next year.

We are providing £3.6 billion in funding this year (2020-21) to provide early education and childcare places – and the vast majority of early education and childcare providers are rated good or Outstanding by Ofsted (96% as of 31 March 2020).

In 2015 Government launched the adoption support fund. This year it has provided over £177 million to support 62,000 families across the country.

We have also launched a consultation into unregulated accommodation for children in care aiming to drive up standards, including banning under-16s from being placed in unregulated accommodation, tackling concerns about the number of under-16s being left at risk of exploitation.

The latest Spending Review included a £500 million package for new specialist services for children and young people - including in schools, extra support for people with severe mental illness, faster access to psychological support for conditions such as depression and anxiety.

To support vulnerable children, we are boosting high needs funding by £780 million this year and a further £730 million next year – bringing it to a total of £8 billion in 2021-22. Our SEND review will further improve how young people with additional needs are supported.

We embarked on an ambitious project to deliver more than 200,000 laptops in fewer than 80 days to enable children to access remote education. We are now on track to deliver half a million laptops since the start of the Pandemic.

Making sure people have the skills the country needs as part of our Plan For Jobs

The Life Time Skills Guarantee, announced by the Prime Minister in September, will enable tens of thousands of adults to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year. Backed by £95 million from the National Skills Fund, the new courses will be available to all adults without a full Level 3 qualification and will open doors to new and better jobs.

We promised to level up education so that vocational and technical qualifications are as highly valued and useful as their academic counterparts. As part of our comprehensive reforms to post-16 technical education, we launched pioneering new T Level qualifications.

T Levels are high quality technical courses, equivalent to A Levels. Once fully rolled out T Levels will be backed by £500 million per year, and we have made £133 million capital funding available for T Levels starting in 2020 and 2021.

Colleges and other post-16 providers will also benefit from an additional £400 million boost for 16-19 education in 2020/21 - the biggest injection of new money in a single year since 2010.

Introducing T Levels. The new 2 year qualification, equivalent to 3 A Levels, designed with businesses and employers. Welcome to the Next Level.
Learn more here ➡️ https://t.co/0LlhRZaX0Mpic.twitter.com/V7G9SBYtPP

— T Levels (@TLevels_govuk) October 7, 2019

As part of our Plan For Jobs the Government introduced incentive payments to support employers who hire new apprentices, £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24 and £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over.

We will shortly be launching a Further Education (FE) White Paper. The paper will form a central element of our Plan For Jobs. This follows the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson’s speech on FE in July which set out his personally driven mission to raise the profile of our FE colleges and the quality of technical and vocational qualifications.

Universities and Higher Education

In May, we announced a package of measures to support our world class universities and students impacted by the pandemic.

An estimated £2.6 billion of tuition fee payments have been bought forward to help universities better manage financial risks over the autumn, and the Science Minister also announced that £100m of public funding will be brought forward to this academic year to help protect vital university research activities.

The Office for Students has provided up to £3 million for its Student Space platform, a collaborative mental health resource that bridges gaps in mental health support for students at English and Welsh universities brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

We have worked with 126 universities in England to offer the majority of students COVID-19 tests before they return home for the Christmas break.

These tests provide further assurances students can travel home safely, in addition to the national four-week restrictions already in place, which will minimise the risk of transmission.

The latest figures show that this academic year, 371,960 English students were accepted onto a full-time undergraduate course at university. This includes 24,900 18-year olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in England – a record entry rate of 23.1%.

We announced that we would consult across the educational sector on options for introducing a post-qualification admissions system. This could also put an end to the increasing use of unconditional offers, which sees students being encouraged to accept an offer which might not be the best option for them.

We really welcome the announcement that the government is looking into the university admissions process.

We have long advocated for a reform to the system, which currently disadvantages lower-income students who often have their grades incorrectly predicted.

— The Sutton Trust (@suttontrust) November 13, 2020

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

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Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

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Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

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FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

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We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

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FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

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FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

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The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

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