The Hidden Charges of 30 Hours Free Childcare

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30 Hour Free Childcare has been available from September 2017 to parents who receive any of the following benefits: Tax credits Universal Credit Childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes Childcare grants and bursaries The 30 hours childcare offer gives eligible parents an additional 570 hours of free childcare per year. However, a survey conducted by the Pre-School Alliance in January …

The Benefits of #30Hours Free Childcare

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Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds has previously expressed his belief that the attainment gap between children begins before they even start school. 30 hours childcare offer was universally implemented in September 2017. The scheme was introduced to help cover the costs of childcare for working families with 3 and 4 year olds – enabling parents to ‘double up’ on …

30 hours free childcare- latest statistics on eligibility codes issued and validated

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The Department for Education have released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours free childcare codes issued and validated for the Spring 2018 term following a pledge to provide transparency around the national roll out of this entitlement. Parents apply and have their eligibility checked for 30 hours free childcare via the Childcare Service. If a parent is …

Nadhim Zahawi’s responsibilities as Under-Secretary of State for Education are announced

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The new years’ cabinet reshuffle led to numerous ministerial changes at the Department for Education, including the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. Earlier this week, the website: GOV.UK stated that the minister’s responsibilities will include: children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance …

Funding for 30 hours: The Delivery Support Fund

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Has your Local Authority been successful? – decisions on applications to be announced this February   Local Authorities and providers have invested a significant amount of time and effort to deliver the 30 hours childcare offer, which launched universally in September 2017. Therefore, to further support LAs with the first year of delivery, and to enable them to support their …

DFE publishes plan to drive social mobility in the 12 Opportunity Areas

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A recent publication from the Department for Education highlighted that social mobility remains the top priority after the new year cabinet reshuffle. The DfE’s single departmental plan (SDP) sets out four key objectives, supporting one overarching ambition: that no community is left behind.[1] In addition to these objectives, the strategic plan focuses on the 12 Opportunity Areas which were announced …

The National Funding Formula (NFF): What we know so far…

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  In September 2017 the former Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, announced that the Department for Education would implement the National Funding Formula (NFF). The NFF aims to ensure that the resources the Government invests in schools will be distributed according to a formula based on the individual needs and characteristics of every school in the country. The …

Damian Hinds appointed Secretary of State for Education in new year’s cabinet reshuffle

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Yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle saw the appointment of former DWP Minister Damian Hinds as Secretary of State for Education. He replaces Justine Greening who unexpectedly resigned from Government. Mr Hinds attended St Ambrose Grammar School in Cheshire, which became an academy in 2012. He then went on to study PPE at Trinity College, Oxford. After graduating, Damian Hinds spent 18 years …

Education or Vocation, a Divide?

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The Government and sector leaders have given increasing focus to the question of vocational qualifications in the education system. Government plans to reform the FE sector and post-16 system via the introduction of ‘T-Levels’, and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, will in theory put vocational qualifications on more of an equal footing with traditional academic A-Levels. The perception that …

Social Mobility Action Plan Announcement

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Tes has been made aware that the DfE is expected to target the opening of new free schools in the bottom third of the country in terms of educational standards. Tes understands the government’s forthcoming Social Mobility Action Plan will state that the majority of central government free schools will be in poorer performing areas. There is an expectation that …