If you missed it:
- The Department for Education has announced that 25 schools will trial revised Early Learning Goals from September. The aim is to improve measures to support children’s early development in language and vocabulary.
- Nick Gibb’s speech at the Festival of Education proposed that the government would “support the development of new specialist qualifications” to provide career progression opportunities for all teachers. Gibb identified curriculum design and teacher development as areas that would be supported, there was no mention of SEND specialists in his speech.
- Angela Rayner vows that Labour will end the race to the bottom in our schools and Damian Hinds states that “championing teachers is my priority.”
Monday 25th June
At 2:30 pm Damian Hinds and his education team face their monthly oral questions in the House of Commons. Question 1 and 19 focus on the effectiveness of the 2014 SEND reforms, see the rest of the questions to be asked.
At 3 pm the Public Accounts Committee questions a number of witnesses on the effectiveness of Ofsted’s inspection of schools. The Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman is among those who will be questioned by the committee.
Wednesday 27th June
At 9:30 am Damian Hinds will be questioned by the Education Committee. Expect the teacher recruitment crisis, changes to the accountability system and T-Levels to be amongst areas that the Education Secretary is grilled over.
At 3 pm Lord Bassam of Brighton questions the government on what benefit they anticipate from the increased funding recently announced for grammar schools.
Thursday 28th June
After 11 am The House of Lords will debate the Impact of the Boarding School Partnership information service.
To end the day – Baroness Thomas of Winchester leads a debate on the challenges facing disabled people in the UK in 2018.