Articles tagged Policy

Tomorrow's Growth: New Routes to Higher Skills

First published on Thu, August 08, 2013.

Tomorrow’s Growth, a new report from CBI, argues that the demand for degree level technical skills – required in sectors such as engineering and manufacturing, but also the creative industries - cannot be met by traditional university courses. Key to revolving this issue will be improved links between higher education...

'Cultural Education: A Summary of Programmes and Opportunities' Published

First published on Mon, July 08, 2013.

The Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport jointly released a new document on Friday, ‘Cultural Education: A Summary of Programmes and Opportunities’. The report purports to build on Darren Henley’s ‘Review of Cultural Education’, published in February 2012, but largely describes programmes of work already...

National Minimum Wage – Low Pay Commission 2013 Report

First published on Tue, April 16, 2013.

The government has announced that the national minimum wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October. The rate for apprentices will rise by 3p to £2.68 an hour. These increases are below current inflation levels. The announcement coincides...

The Future of Apprenticeships in England: next steps from the Richard Review

First published on Fri, March 15, 2013.

The government have this week issued their response to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, launching a formal consultation alongside. The Richard Review was commissioned by BIS and led by social entrepreneur Doug Richard. It sets out to ask what the apprenticeship system should look like in the future in order...

Arts Subjects at Key Stage 4 – invitation to tender launched

First published on Wed, March 06, 2013.

Creative & Cultural Skills, as research delivery partner for Arts Council England, are issuing an invitation to tender for a study on the future of arts subjects at Key Stage 4. The research is entitled ‘Arts subjects at Key Stage 4: a review of current GCSE provision and the development...

Gove abandons plans to drop GCSEs

First published on Thu, February 07, 2013.

Education minister Michael Gove gave a statement to the Commons this morning (Thursday 7th), announcing that proposed plans to replace GCSE exams with the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBCs) will no longer go ahead. The move is part of a compromise deal between the Conservatives and their Lib Dem coalition partners....

DCMS report suggests ACE funding should depend on philanthropic strategies

First published on Thu, November 22, 2012.

Efforts to increase private giving to charity are likely to be intensified as cuts to public subsidies for the arts take their toll, and before leaving the DCMS, former Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt commissioned three separate reports on the issue of arts philanthropy. In 2010/11, the arts formed just 1%...

CBI - First Steps: A New Approach for Our Schools

First published on Tue, November 20, 2012.

This report from CBI warns that the current “ conveyor-belt” exam system “fosters a cult of the average” and allows a considerable minority of children to fall behind early and never catch up. Britain spends more on education than most other developed nations, but performs relatively poorly in international league...

BIS Select Committee Report - Apprenticeships

First published on Mon, November 12, 2012.

This report is the result of an eleven month government enquiry into apprenticeships and highlights the need for urgent reform to many aspects of the apprenticeship system, from government policy, delivery and funding, the engagement of apprentices and employers to quality and value for money. It gathers evidence from a...

Careers 2020: Options for future careers work in English schools

First published on Fri, November 02, 2012.

It is now an established statutory duty for schools, rather than local authorities, to secure provision of careers advice for school-aged children. This duty is framed very loosely, offering no funding or clear model for provision. Funding for face-to-face interaction with qualified careers advisors, for example, is no longer available,...

2012 Local Authority Arts Spending Survey Report

First published on Thu, October 25, 2012.

Local Authority investment in the arts has remained stable over the past year, but the future funding for arts programmes looks uncertain, according to the findings of Arts Development UK’s ninth annual survey of Local Authority arts spending. • Average funding per Local Authority remained stable between 2011 and 2012....

Plans to change A-Level system announced

First published on Wed, October 17, 2012.

Michael Gove has announced plans to reform the current A-level system, it was reported today.  Responding to criticism from universities that students lack breadth of knowledge and are focusing too narrowly too quickly, the plans would ensure that students taking an arts subject would also have to take a maths...

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills issues The Youth Employment Challenge

First published on Mon, July 09, 2012.

Youth unemployment in Britain sits just below the EU average at 22%, but the number of young people out of work has risen steadily since 2005. According to this report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the economic implications – not to mention the social costs – will...