Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, spoke to the Conservative Party Conference last Tuesday. To open, he reflected on the role of the teaching profession: “those inspiring individuals, those 450,000 teachers that we have out there, they deserve and they have our admiration, our respect and our thanks”.
English hubs: 32 primary schools will spread best practice in the teaching of early language and reading
Maths hubs: 21 post-16 institutions will act as ‘centres of excellence’, aimed at improving basic maths skills for those aged 16 and over
Behaviour: £10 million to “support the spreading of best practice and knowledge on behaviour management and classroom management”
Careers guidance: the number of areas served by networks supported by the Careers & Enterprise Company will double from 20 to 40 and the number of training places available to new careers leaders will increase from 500 to 1300
T Levels: capital funding to support the roll-out of the new technical qualifications
Sports Action Plan: a new cross-government initiative, working with national sporting organisations, with an action plan expected in spring 2019
The speech did not address the most common issues facing schools that governors and trustees identified by the National Governance Association survey: balancing the budget and attracting and retaining high quality teaching staff.