What is needed next for our education system?

By Rob Williams Robert will receive his award as 2020 Secondary Head Teacher of the Year tomorrow.  He has kindly taken the time to set out his thoughts on what our education system needs from the new Secretary of State.  Congratulations and thank you, Robert. “As we say goodbye to one Secretary of State and…

Schools return: a window into the Government’s COVID headache

By Scott Harker Schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland begin to return this week marking, for many, the end of the summer holidays. Students and teachers in Scotland returned to the classroom two weeks ago; a milestone that is being blamed for a spike in cases north of the border. While the Government has…

The Kids Aren’t Alright

By Tiffany Burrows Sir Kevan Collins, the Prime Minister’s education ‘catch up’ tsar, resigned last night, less than 24 hours after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced an injection of £1.4 billion to fund tutoring as part of his recovery plan.  Sir Kevan was appointed in February this year to address the challenge of mitigating the…

Brexit spells the end of Erasmus for UK students

By Isabelle Smurfitt On 24 December 2020, Britain announced its departure from the Erasmus programme, having been a key partner since its inception in 1987. This disappointing news came at the end of a year where young people’s education had already been severely disrupted. Erasmus is an EU exchange programme that allows millions of young…

Pupils to stagger back to school in January as new tiers announced

By Tim Le Couilliard More and more of our newsletter subscribers will be reading this from a tier-three area today as vast swathes of the East and South-East of England have had increased restrictions imposed. Speaking to the House of Commons at lunchtime today, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that as of Saturday 00:01,…

Financial literacy – it’s never too early to start

By Sara Neidle Put your hand up, if you have received a home contents renewal, a pensions statement or bank statement, and you don’t understand what it means. Well if that’s you, then I can tell, you are not alone.  As a mother of two, I find myself questioning when I should start to introduce…

Graduating in Covid: The impact of the pandemic on younger workers

While older generations are most at risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, the broader impact falls disproportionately heavily on the young. That reality was starkly highlighted in this week’s unemployment figures which show that while unemployment has risen to an average of 4.5% (in the three months up to August), it soars for those…

School is in session

By Charlotte Coulson, Account Director Today marks the first day back for many across the country, be they office workers being encouraged to come in once more, or students and teachers heading back into schools. Following a summer of less than positive news for the Department of Education, the number of pupils that actually return…

Westminster goes back to work

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner With the end of the summer holidays and children finally returning to school – today also saw MPs return to Westminster, as Parliament begins again for the Autumn. The Prime Minister also chaired his first Cabinet meeting since the summer, in which he claimed that the country “was getting back…