Revised statutory guidance effective from September 2014.

Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock has today announced the publication of revised statutory guidance,...

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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...

The Education Select Committee held a hearing on the subject of careers guidance for young people. The witnesses to the Committee included David Pollard, Chair of the Education, Skills, and Business Support Committee of the Federation of Small Businesses and Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Engineering UK. Their recommendations included:

  • Expanding the current system of careers advice so children in year 7 and primary school are given careers guidance as opposed...

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has announced that it has received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to carry out two projects, focussing on degree classification and social mobility. 

The first project will aim to encourage employers to make use of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) in the recruitment and selection of graduates. The HEAR is intended to supplement the degree...