Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
In last week’s Spring Budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced several important developments for education in the UK. Below we have summarised a few of the most relevant announcements and suggested what opportunities they might bring for businesses involved in, or wishing to get more involved in education.
£320m of funding for 110 new free schools and grammar schools
- Free schools are not obliged to teach the national curriculum and they often look for new, fresh pedagogies that work for all young people. This gives businesses more opportunity to get involved with schools outside of traditional learning routes, providing relevant, engaging resources and inspirational educational programmes that support new learning pedagogies.
£1 billion from soft drinks levy for school sport
- The full £1 billion raised by the government’s levy on soft drinks, commonly known as the sugar tax, will all be invested in school sport and healthy eating programmes to help combat rising levels of childhood obesity and tooth decay. Obesity and healthy eating are topics that present a lot of opportunities for business involvement, with many businesses directly affected by the sugar tax and schools needing support and expertise to best invest their new funds.
New T-levels to be introduced which will simplify technical education
- This provides businesses with an exciting opportunity to have an incredibly meaningful role in young people’s education by providing work placements or being a part of the creation of the qualification itself. This new technical pathway will be introduced from 2019, and have the same standing as academic qualifications in post-16 education. 13,000 existing qualifications will be simplified into 15 ‘routes’ to employment. The recommended hours for vocational training will increase, including a requirement for a high quality three-month work placement.
If you have any questions about the opportunities mentioned above please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.