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Launched in September 2011, PRIME is a commitment to ensure fair and equal access to quality work experience in the legal profession for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme has 22 legal firms signed up to guarantee minimum standards for work experience.

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is undertaking an independent evaluation of PRIME over the first two years of its delivery (the second report will be...

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that Universities and Science Minister David Willetts will recommend to the Privy Council that 10 higher education institutions have met the criteria to be awarded the title of university. When the recommendation is accepted by the Privy Council, it will be the single biggest creation of universities since 1992, when 35 polytechnics became universities following the passing of the Further and Higher...

Doug Richard, entrepreneur, educator and founder of School for Startups (a website providing advice on starting a business) was asked in June 2012 by the Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Business Secretary Vince Cable to consider the future of apprenticeships in England.

Mr Richard was also asked to consider how to maximise the cost effectiveness of apprenticeships for the public purse. Key themes and recommendations from the...

The Sutton Trust and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have commissioned research into the reasons why high achieving students, who have gained at least three Bs at A level, chose the university that they did. The survey was conducted by UCAS, whom surveyed over 13,000 students. 

The survey found that on average, high achievers from selective schools (independent and grammar schools) were more likely to make applications...

Early statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that applications for university places for 2013 have fallen by 8%, year-on-year. The released figures show a total of 145,009 applications for university places this year against 158,387 for the corresponding statistical release last year.

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Following an official consultation the Government will extend the existing duty on schools to provide independent careers advice.

From September 2013, as a part of this extension, schools will need to provide Year 8 students (ages 12-13) and sixth form students (those aged 16-18), with careers guidance. Currently, schools need to provide careers advice only to Year 10 and 11 students (aged 14-16).

The Government...

The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee of the House of Commons has published a report titled “Apprenticeships”. The report looks at the current apprenticeship system in the UK and the Government’s role within that system. Some of the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report are:

  • That the Government defines an overarching strategy and purpose for the apprenticeship system, so that progress can be effectively monitored against the...

The gap in Higher Education participation between those from the richest and poorest families has been narrowing over the last decade, according to a report published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS). The gap in participation at age 18 or 19 between, state school students from the most and least deprived fifths of the population, fell from 40% in 2004-05 to 37% in 2009-10. Much of that narrowing occurred after the tuition fee cap was raised to £3,000 in 2006-07....

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published an analysis of the impact on demand for university places, caused by the Government's reforms to the Higher Education sector. The report concludes that based on available evidence of enrolments at English universities this year, that it is too early to judge whether the Government's higher education reforms, have discouraged students in general, and poorer students in particular from applying. HEPI go on to argue...

The Science and Technology Select Committee, of the House of Commons, is currently conducting an enquiry, into how changes in qualifications and education structures will impact on the acquisition of engineering skills. As a part of this inquiry, the committee heard evidence from Jim Wade,Head of the JCB Academy, Liz Allen, Head of Newstead Wood School and Maggie Galliers, President of the Association of Colleges. These witnesses said that young people “felt that...