The spending review was lenient to higher education. Beware though, Mr Osborne, debt-burdened graduates may yet take revenge at the ballot box
George Osborne took to the despatch box for the spending review with a confidence that was lacking at many of his earlier big fiscal statements. It is easier for a chancellor when there are things to give away and not just snatch. Despite continuing austerity and some large departmental cuts, there were moments when George Osborne resembled Gordon Brown in his largesse.
For higher education, there was a new commitment to protect research spending in real terms, better even than the cash protection in place since 2010. Despite the fears expressed by the research community in recent weeks, it was never all that likely the Osborne would give up the reputation he has sought to build as “the first science chancellor”. But this was not the only good news.Continue reading...
70% of parents believe assessments should take place every one to two years regardless of a school’s inspection grade
The majority of parents feel schools should be inspected by Ofsted more frequently, a survey has found.
A YouGov poll of 1,067 parents, conducted on behalf of the inspectorate, revealed that 70% believe assessments should take place every one or two years, regardless of a school’s inspection grade.
Industry leaders condemn levy on wage bills announced in autumn statement, as chancellor axes hundreds of millions of pounds of support
Business leaders have been left reeling after George Osborne announced a £11.6bn “payroll tax” and removed hundreds of millions of pounds of support.
Companies will be charged 0.5% of their payroll from April 2017 towards the apprenticeship levy, which will raise roughly £3bn a year for the following four yearsContinue reading...
26 November 1996: David Shaw, Conservative MP for Dover, says he wants the the current education bill to have a clause inserted with a dress code for teachers
Ties must hang to the waistband but no further, decrees the professional image consultant, flipping up a slide of a grinning Kenneth Clarke to prove her point.
Protruding from the chancellor’s collar is a vestigial wedge of neckwear stubbier than a Manx cat’s tail.Continue reading...
Funding for 16-19-year-olds and adult skills protected in spending review and sixth-form colleges will be allowed to become academies to end VAT burden
Further education and sixth-form colleges breathed a sigh of relief in the wake of the spending review after the government pulled back from more cuts to the already fragile sector.
George Osborne’s announcement that core funding for 16-19 year-olds and adult skills would be protected followed a campaign to highlight the plight of further education, which has undergone five years of cuts and is currently undergoing an area review.Continue reading...
Cuts to departmental spending will be 1.1% a year rather than the previously planned 1.6%
George Osborne will press ahead with his attack on Whitehall spending over the next five years but at a slower pace than he signalled in the summer, following better than expected forecasts of tax receipts, lower debt payments and a sale of assets.
Cuts to departmental spending will be 1.1% a year rather than the annual reduction of 1.6% planned in the July budget, saving thousands of public sector jobs that were previously earmarked for the chop.Continue reading...
Forcing trainee nurses and midwives to take out student loans may deter applicants and hinder efforts to prevent ill-health, despite £3.8bn funding boost
George Osborne’s £3.8bn boost for the beleaguered health service may prove insufficient to deliver the promised seven-day NHS, medical organisations have warned.
Experts within and outside the NHS welcomed the chancellor’s vow for a better funded health service but raised concern that cutting other public health budgets and forcing trainee nurses and midwives to take out student loans would hinder efforts to prevent ill-health.Continue reading...
Chancellor says in autumn statement that improvement in public finances means he is able to ditch controversial cut
George Osborne executed a U-turn on planned cuts to tax credits, using an unexpected £27bn fiscal windfall in a bid to defuse a damaging political row.
The chancellor had promised to modify his plan, which would have cost low-income families an average of £1,000 a year, after a rebellion in the Lords and among his own MPs.Continue reading...
Judge rules in favour of three families who argued Nicky Morgan failed to reflect the pluralistic nature of the UK in curriculum
Parents challenging the government’s new religious studies GCSE, which they say relegates non-religious worldviews, have welcomed a high court ruling in their favour.
Mr Justice Warby said the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, had erred in asserting that the GCSE, due to come into effect in September next year, would “fulfil the entirety of the state’s RE [religious education] duties”.
Chancellor attacked for breaking pledge that income threshold at which monies must be paid back would rise in line with earnings
Students and graduates who have taken out student loans since 2012 will face higher repayments after the £21,000 income threshold at which borrowings must be paid back was frozen for five years.
The controversial change – omitted from the chancellor’s spending review speech in the Commons on Wednesday – means that on average a former student will pay £306 a year more in 2020-21 compared with 2016-17.