DfE - Young people to benefit from £155 million funding boost
Funding will help colleges and sixth forms to deliver expensive but crucial subjects like engineering, construction and hospitality.
Next year young people aged 16-19 will benefit from a £155 million cash injection so they can access high-quality courses that will set them on a path to rewarding careers with higher wages.
The funding forms part of the additional £400 million - announced in August for school sixth forms and colleges for 2020-21 - the biggest injection of new money into 16-19 education in a single year since 2010.
Details of how the £155 million will be allocated to colleges and sixth forms next year, so more young people can gain the skills they need to get ahead, have been published today:an extra £65 million will be targeted to help cover the cost of delivering courses in six key, more expensive subject areas: building and construction, hospitality and catering, engineering, transportation operations and maintenance, manufacturing technologies and science.
DfE: Teacher workload cut by five hours a week over past three years
Teachers’ working hours fall by 5 hours compared to 2016, with the reduction driven by decrease in time spent on marking, planning and non-teaching tasks
Teachers’ working hours have fallen by almost five hours per week over the past three years, according to research published today (Fri 11 Oct).
In the second Teacher Workload Survey, teachers and middle leaders reported working an average of 49.5 hours per week in 2019, down by 4.9 hours compared to 2016. Headteachers and senior leaders also saw a significant fall, to an average of 55.1 hours per week in 2019.
The findings, taken from a representative survey of over 7,000 teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders, showed the reduction has been driven by cuts to time spent on burdensome tasks outside the classroom. Teaching time has remained broadly stable over the period.
DfE: Schools to learn funding allocations following £14 billion pledge
Schools across the country are set to find out how they will benefit from the government’s recent multi-billion pound investment in primary and secondary education.
New figures, published today (11 October), will show how much money is being allocated to schools and local authorities in England next year – with every school getting more money for every child.
Every secondary school will be able to receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary school will be able to receive a minimum of £4,000 from 2021-22. The biggest increases will go to the schools that need it most.
This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities will today find out how Government is allocating the first part of that investment - £2.6 billion - for the coming year.
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John Lewis Christmas advert is here and it stars Excitable Edgar
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, as the wait is finally over. That's right – the most hotly-anticipated Christmas advert of them all, the John Lewis advert, has been released.
This year's festive campaign tells the tale of an excitable dragon called Edgar who unintentionally sparks chaos as he strives to be accepted by his village.