Tag Archive: Policy Tracker

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in March 2014

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To download the PDF please click here 2014/3 Main talking points A month which has seen the Budget, school inspections and accountability, apprenticeships, maths teaching and HE funding all emerge as key points of interest in various forms. These and the rather lengthy list of developments from the last four weeks listed below. Key headlines…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in February 2014

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To download the PDF please click here 2014/2 Main talking points An action-packed month with five themes emerging. First, making do, very much what FE and HE now have to do following their latest funding settlements. Second, continuing system reform with both the skills system and the schools system under scrutiny. Third, accountability, with new…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in January 2014

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To download the PDF please click here  2014/1 Main talking points The appearance of both Government and Opposition Ministers armed with lists of announcements at the North of England and BETT Conferences, the traditional starting points of another education year, suggests that 2014 is already off to a busy start. Topics getting the treatment so…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in December 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/12 Main talking points December has seen the education system under even greater scrutiny than normal with the PISA tests, Key Stage 2 tests and the Ofsted Annual Report all being published in quick succession. The overall impression is of an education system inching rather than racing forward,…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in November 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/11 Main talking points November is traditionally FE and skills month with the Skills Show and the annual Colleges’ Conference now established features. This year added spice came in the form of the Review into Adult Vocational Qualifications which was published at the start of the month, an…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in October 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/10 Main talking points It’s been a bad month for trees, not just because of the storms but also because of the huge number of reports published this month covering A levels, apprenticeships, core maths, secondary school accountability, HE regulation and university economic activity. Elsewhere, Free Schools, social…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in September 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/9 Main talking points Its been Party Conference season this month and the main political Parties have been carefully positioning themselves as the build up to 2015 continues. Education topics attracting attention have included: meals, where Lib-Dems have proposed extending free school meals to younger and older recipients…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in August 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/8 Main talking points For many people August is exams results month with its accompanying hopes, fears and familiar rituals. Some things were however different this year. There was for example less about dumbing down with the editorial headline quoted at the end of this paper setting the…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in June 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/6 Main talking points Much of the month was spent nervously awaiting the Chancellor’s 2015/16 spending announcements. In the event, school protections continued but other parts of the system faced a mix of efficiencies.  Elsewhere, it’s been a difficult month for trees with a huge number of Reports…

Policy Tracker – Keeping track of what happened in the world of education in May 2013

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/5 Main talking points A month when the exam season has been hotting up even if the weather hasn’t. Away from the exam hall, the use of phonics, the design of GCSEs, the role of the AS and the future direction of the UK exam system have all…