New measures announced in Justine Greening speech to Conservative Party Conference
October 11, 2017
Last week, the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, announced a series of new education measures during the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Ms Greening outlined priorities in education inequality, with focus on boosting literacy and numeracy, and targeted support for regions and subject areas that struggle to recruit and retain high quality teachers.
On addressing education inequality, the new measures include:
£12 million funding for a network of new English hubs starting in the North of England to improve literacy
an extra £6 million into the existing Maths hubs programme
a “new focus” for the £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) to boost literacy and numeracy at Reception
On boosting teacher recruitment and retention, the new measures include:
£30 million in “tailored support” to get teachers into schools struggling with the recruitment and retention of teachers
a student loan “forgiveness” pilot in regions that struggle to recruit high quality teachers, initially targeted to attract 800 modern foreign language and 1700 science teachers
new style bursaries for trainee maths teachers with £20000 upfront and further increments in years 3 and 5 of teaching
Both funding and recruitment remain primary concerns of governors and trustees according to the 2017 NGA/TES survey. While those governing want to recruit, retain and develop staff, funding pressures are acting in the opposite direction with a worrying number already having cut resources for professional development and others considering the same over the coming year.