It’s a very busy week for education, there’s questions to Justine Greening, a consultation on school funding closing and DYT’s new report on literacy and SEND is being launched:
This Thursday, the 23rd of March, we will be launching our third research report: Through the Looking Glass at the RSA.
The report’s main aim is to consider whether policy development – as led by think tanks, charities and government – is too heavily skewed towards the majority of children and young people who can reach arbitrary end-of-Key Stage and GCSE standards, while the minority, including those who face the greatest disadvantage and who may need specialist support, are missing out.
For live tweets and updates of the launch follow #DYTLookingGlass on twitter.
To see our previous research work, click here.
Grammar School vote could be delayed until after 2020
The parliamentary vote to lift the ban on selective education could be lifted due to increased cross-party scrutiny of the proposals. There are reports of up to 40 Conservative MPs who have serious concerns about the move which could cause a rethink until after an election.
In the latest DYT blog, our Founder & Chair Sarah Driver gives her personal viewpoint of the grammar school debate stating that “All the evidence shows that they are inequitable, that they will lead to worsening conditions in non-grammar schools, that they are hopeless for those with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) or for those on pupil premium.”
New EPI Report: The implications of the National Funding Formula for schools
With the deadline to the consultation on the National Funding Formula on Wednesday, the Education Policy Institute have published their findings into what the changes will mean for schools.
The headline figures estimate that by 2019-20:
Consultation into Schools & High Needs National Funding Formula
The government is seeking responses to their proposals on school funding, in regard to high needs funding read the Special Educational Consortium (of which DYT is a member) view on the issue here.
Respond to the consultation here.
On Tuesday it’s the 12th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day!
This year’s theme is: #MyVoiceMyCommunity – Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community.
For the campaign and social media toolkit click here.
House of Commons: Education Questions – Justine Greening faces questions on funding and the teacher shortage crisis.
See the full list of questions here.
House of Lords: Technical and Further Education Bill: Report stage
House of Lords: Higher Education and Research Bill
Parliamentary Question on encouraging school gardening to ensure every child understands the environment and has an early connection to nature by Baroness Benjamin.
House of Commons: The second backbench debate, is a cross-party effort led by former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg; former education secretary Nicky Morgan, and former shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell on education and social mobility. They warn that social mobility is getting worse, and call on the government to lead a renewed approach in the early years, in education and skills to improve social mobility.
In a joint piece for the Guardian, Nicky Morgan, Nick Clegg and Lucy Powell write, “On this we can all agree. Selection is bad for our schools: More grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility and preparing Britain for the future”
With funding at the top of the agenda, the BBC has compiled a “reality check” to ask: Is education spending at a record level?
In the TES, Ed Dorrell writes how with big policy decisions on selective education and funding to come, “this next few weeks will decide the future shape of education for decades to come”