The Education Secretary announced little that was new in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Tuesday. Here we take a look at the projects mentioned.
None of the new projects are backed by new money from the Treasury, so they will need to be funded through the DfE’s existing budget.
- A £10m behaviour training fund and new guidance
Mr Hinds set out plans to spend £10 million on “improving training on behaviour for teachers” to ensure they are “able to manage behaviour and thrive in their primary task of teaching”. Ministers will also update government guidance on behaviour.
- More careers leaders and employer networks
The Secretary of State announced a further £5 million to go into training “careers leaders” in 500 schools, extending the number of schools affected to 1,300 and creating another 20 networks, making a total of 40.
- English Hubs named
The Department for Education has named 32 schools that will split £26.3 million to become “English Hubs”. This is an unexplained reduction in the 35 schools former Education Secretary Justine Greening announced would benefit in January.
In the North East, St Michael’s C of E Primary School and Westgarth Primary School will become English Hubs
- T-levels funding boost
The government will spend a further £38 million in its T-levels programme, a technical alternative to A-levels. The funding will be available from Spring 2019 to deliver the qualifications from September 2020. The Government says it will fund “the latest industry-standard equipment to ensure that qualifications meet the needs of employers”.