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Weekly DfE Publications W/C 22/04/2019

23 April 2019

Plans launched to boost digital skills for adults

News story

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need.

 

23 April 2019

National standards for essential digital skills

Guidance

The standards are primarily intended for use by awarding organisations in developing new essential digital skills qualifications, available for first teaching from August 2020.

The standards will also inform the development of new subject content for digital functional skills qualifications, available for first teaching from 2021.

The standards are based on the essential digital skills framework.

 

23 April 2019

Improving adult basic digital skills: equality impact assessment

Impact assessment

An assessment of the impact of new national standards for essential digital skills and the introduction of a national entitlement on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

The impact is assessed based on proposals outlined in the government response published in April 2019.

The relevant protected characteristics include:

 

23 April 2019

Essential digital skills framework

Guidance

This framework has been designed to support providers, organisations and employers across the UK who offer training for adults to secure their essential digital skills.

The frameworks set out 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work:

There is also information about foundation skills, which are typically required by those not currently using digital technology or using it in limited ways.

This is the first update of the basic digital skills framework since its original publication in 2015. Changes have been subject to wide consultation across:

The most significant change to the framework is the introduction of specific skills statements for life and work, to show progression.

The framework has informed development of new national standards for essential digital skills published in April 2019.

 

23 April 2019

Selective Schools Expansion Fund

Guidance

This guidance is for academy trusts and local authorities.

It applies to academies and local-authority-maintained schools.

The Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) is available to selective schools that demonstrate how they’ll attract more disadvantaged pupils. We prefer they work with other schools in their area to raise standards more widely.

 

23 April 2019

A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2017 to 2018 (revised)

National Statistics

This statistical publication provides provisional information on the overall achievements of 16- to 18-year-olds who were at the end of 16 to 18 study by the end of the 2017 to 2018 academic year, including:

 

23 April 2019

National Schools Commissioner appointed

Press release

Dominic Herrington has today been confirmed as National Schools Commissioner by the Department for Education – after holding the position on an interim basis since September 2018.

 

24 April 2019

Calls for more men to work in the early years

News story

New project to challenge stereotypes around men's role in early education.

 

24 April 2019

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory

Guidance

Use this course directory to search for existing providers of SKE courses.

This guidance is for School Direct lead schools and ITT providers who are allocated training places in:

SKE courses can be provided by School Direct partnerships, ITT providers or third parties.

School Direct is a school-led route into initial teacher training (ITT). It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.

 

25 April 2019

Graduate labour market: statistics

Collection

The statistics set out a breakdown of employment rates, unemployment rates and gross median annual earnings by different age groups and by undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

The publication includes a breakdown of graduate outcomes by different subcategories, such as gender.

 

25 April 2019

Teachers' pay grant methodology

Guidance

Guidance for schools and local authorities on the teachers' pay grant for the financial years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

 

25 April 2019

Graduates continue to benefit with higher earnings

News story

New figures show that working-age graduates earned £10,000 more than non-graduates in 2018 and had higher employment rates.

 

25 April 2019

Condition Improvement Fund

Guidance

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round for eligible academies and sixth-form colleges to apply for capital funding. The priority for the fund is to address significant condition need, keeping academy and sixth-form college buildings safe and in good working order. This includes funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition.

 

25 April 2019

Condition improvement fund (CIF) application outcomes: 2019 to 2020

Guidance

The Department for Education has published the CIF 2019 to 2020 outcome. This will provide funding of £433 million for 1,412 projects at 1,209 academies and sixth-form colleges.

All applicants have been contacted to inform them of the outcome of their application. Further information setting out next steps for successful applicants and feedback for those that were unsuccessful will be provided in due course.

 

26 April 2019

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

Transparency data

The local authority interactive tool (LAIT) presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England.

It includes data on:

The ‘Children’s services statistical neighbour benchmarking tool’ allows you to select a local authority and display its ‘closest statistical neighbours’ (local authorities with similar characteristics). More information is available in appendix A of the ‘Local authority interactive tool: user guide’.

 

26 April 2019

Schools financial value standard (SFVS)

Guidance

Local authority-maintained schools must submit the SFVS annually to their local authority. Local authorities use this information to inform their programme of financial assessment and audit. The standard for 2019 to 2020 consists of a checklist and a dashboard.

The checklist asks questions of governing bodies in 6 areas of resource management.

The dashboard shows how a school’s data compares to thresholds on a range of statistics identified by the Department for Education (DfE) as indicators of good resource management and outcomes.

The checklist guidance provides clarification for each question, examples of good practice, and details of further support available to assist schools in addressing specific issues.

The dashboard guidance provides explanations of each of the indicators and helps schools to fill in their data and understand the results.

 

26 April 2019

School resource management self-assessment tool

Guidance

The tool helps assure governing bodies and trust boards that they are meeting the right standards to achieve a good level of financial health and resource management.

It can be used to identify areas for change to make sure resources are used to support high-quality teaching and the best education outcomes for pupils.

The tool consists of a checklist and a dashboard.

The checklist asks questions of governing bodies and trust boards in 6 areas of resource management.

The dashboard shows how a school’s data compares to thresholds on a range of statistics that have been identified by the Department for Education (DfE) as indicators of good resource management and outcomes.

 

26 April 2019

Recruit a qualified maths or physics teacher from abroad

Guidance

Recruit maths and physics teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA through the STEM International Teacher Recruitment Programme.

 

26 April 2019

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs

Government response

Information from the Department for Education about the introduction of compulsory relationships education and RSE from September 2020.

 

27 April 2019

Deals for schools

Guidance

Information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly. New deals for schools are added regularly.

 

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