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Education Secretary addresses Universities UK conference

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour to be here and I’d like to thank Universities UK for their kind invitation to join you.

It’s fair to say that I have had a busy first few weeks as Education Secretary.

I can clearly recall that day in July when the Prime Minister asked me to take on this job… going into the Cabinet Room …. the immense excitement I felt on being given the chance to play a role in shaping what we do in education, to change so many lives for the better.

I must confess, I am driven by a mission… a mission to ensure that everyone, from early years to adulthood, whatever their background, is able to extract the absolute maximum out of their time in education. And I know that is a mission that is shared by every single one of you in this room.

Every Education Secretary knows when they take on this role that they become a guardian to one of our national treasures. Now lots of things are described as national treasures, but our higher education system is genuinely one of them.

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Labour to scrap discounted business rates for private schools.

Labour is planning to scrap discounted business rates for private schools and charge VAT on fees if it comes to power, according to a leaked document.

The policy is estimated to have the potential to bring in £1.64bn a year. 

The shadow Treasury memo which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph, includes plans drawn up by shadow chancellor John McDonnell's team. The newspaper reported that they are part of Labour's "preparing for government" strategy in anticipation of an early election. 

 
 

Labour proposed in its 2017 manifesto that it would introduce free school meals for all primary students, funded by removing the VAT exemption from private school fees.

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Head Teachers want to scrap new Year 4 tables tests.

Plans for a compulsory times tables test in all primary schools should be scrapped, headteachers have said.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAFT)  argue the tests do not tell teachers anything they do not already know, and add to workload.

The government is introducing a mandatory online multiplication test for all Year 4 children in England from June 2020, but began piloting the test this summer.

According to the NAHT, 94 per cent of those who took part in the pilot said that it did not tell them anything that they did not already know about their pupils’ recall of multiplication tables.

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Teacher workload could be included in inspections.

Ofsted is considering including teacher workload in its new inspection framework, a senior official has said.

The inspectorate is currently working on a new school inspection framework that is due to come into effect in September 2019.

Last month, Tes revealed that it is set to scrap its current teaching and learning grade.

Today, Heather Fearn, who is inspector curriculum and development lead at the organisation, told the ResearchED conference in London that it is discussing including workload in the new framework.

In a session about the overhaul, she was asked whether there was anything in the new framework “to promote positive workload and sustainability of integrals when retention and recruitment is the way it is”.

She replied: “It is certainly being discussed, ways in which that can be considered.

“I can’t say more than that because it’s in process, but it’s certainly in consideration.”

It came on the day that Ofsted's head of research unveiled the findings of a survey of teachers that showed high levels of stress and workload in the profession.

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English GCSE could be scrapped.

GCSE English could be scrapped and replaced with a new qualification called a “Passport in English”, headteachers have said.

The Association of School and College Leaders – which is the country’s biggest union for secondary heads – said the change is needed because a “forgotten third” of students currently fail GCSE maths and English.

In 2018 more than 187,000 students in England failed to get at least a grade 4 – equivalent to the old grade C and considered a “standard pass” – in the subjects.

This represents about 36 per cent of GCSE students in state-funded schools.

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