Last Wednesday, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond made his Budget speech in which he set out the government’s plan to “give more children the chance to go to a good or outstanding school that sets them up to succeed.”
We have rounded up everything related to education from the speech here.
Our Consultant Teacher, Nancy Gedge writes for TES, following the news that funding for grammar schools was being increased: ‘Cutting transport for SEND students while increasing spending on transport to grammars doesn’t look like equality to me’ – read the full piece here.
House of Lords (2:30pm): Report stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill (day 3).
The government’s already been defeated five times on this bill, which has now been significantly changed.
The remaining issues include preventing retroactive changes to student loan arrangements. If passed, the government will be under pressure from the higher education profession to ensure they can continue to attract foreign students and academics.
There’s also a new clause on freedom of speech in higher education, and a push to create a new offence of providing or advertising cheating services.
APPG on teacher recruitment and retention (4.00pm)
Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, and Neil Carmichael, chairman of the education committee, will speak. Rayner has said unmanageable workloads are resulting in “record numbers of teachers leaving the profession” read more.
Public Accounts Committee (4.00pm)
Hear from headteachers on capital funding for schools.
Education and Health select committees (2.30pm)
Joint session to take evidence on child mental health. Questions will examine the role of education in promoting emotional well-being in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems.
The session will hear from head teachers, psychologists and mental health campaigners, witnesses include Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of Young Minds, and Dr John Ivens, head teacher at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School.
House of Lords (after 3:00pm)
There are debates on improvements in the delivery of sex and relationship education in schools to address sexual harassment and homophobic bullying (Baroness Nye) and for improving accessibility for disabled people to public premises (Baroness Deech).
As part of Bercow: Ten Years On, a project designed to examine support for children and young people with SLCN in England, I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language (RCSLT) have launched an inquiry.
This inquiry, taking place ten years after the landmark 2008 Bercow Review led by John Bercow MP, is in response to concerns about the support for children and young people with SLCN amid major changes in the education and health system.
Take part by visiting: www.ican.org.uk/BercowSurvey