October 2017 Policy Round Up
Want to keep up with the latest policy news? Read EAL's policy round up below:
- The UK government is set to review technical education at Levels 4-5 in England, following its review and policy change at Level 3. More here
- Education Secretary Justine Greening has said that a 61% drop in apprenticeship starts following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy was ‘expected’. More here.
- Government data shows that applications for FE loans in England were down in 2016/7 for all age groups. More here.
- The Made Smarter Review of industrial digitalisation has been published and includes a number of skills policy recommendations, including the setting up of a central coordinating body, the creation of a UK-wide online learning platform and the introduction of co-funding between employers and government. More here.
- Three Conservative MPs – Trudy Harrison, Maria Caulfield and Stephen Metcalfe – have been appointed Apprenticeship Ambassadors by Skills Minister Anne Milton. Helen Grant MP has been appointed Chair of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network and Trudy Harrison MP will also be Co-Chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board. More here.
- Team UK finished 11th overall at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 competition, winning 1 gold, 3 silvers, 3 bronzes and 13 Medallions for Excellence. More here.
- The Institute for Apprenticeships still has not appointed a permanent chief executive. More here.
- The chairs of the first six T-Level panels have been announced by the Institute for Apprenticeships. The panels are childcare and education; construction; digital; engineering and manufacturing; health and science; and legal, finance and accounting. More here.
- Ofsted head Amanda Spielman wants her organisation to be given new powers to inspect unregistered alternative providers, about which she said there is “great concern”. More here.
- Studio school pupils are almost three times less likely to be in their chosen job or course by the following March than the average pupil. More here.
- An Ofqual report has concluded that pupil subject choices are based more on enjoyment than the perceived difficulty of a subject. More here