Schools and colleges have received a £114 million funding boost to help pay for staff training and for buying new equipment.
The announcement was made by Damian Hinds, the education secretary, who has revealed that £66 million is to be shared between 21 colleges and 32 schools with the aim of sharing their expertise to help boost the teaching maths and English results in other centres.
There’s also another £10 million for improving the training on behaviours for teachers, helping support the best schools and their sharing knowledge of their behaviour skills and updating the Government’s guidance for behaviour.
The government says there’s also another £38 million to help pay for facilities and cutting-edge equipment for colleges who are offering the new T-Level qualifications.
‘A world-class education for everyone’
Mr Hinds said: “Our ambition is to offer a world-class education for everyone, whatever your background, and whatever path you take.”
He added that a lot has been achieved in education since 2010 and England’s schools have now returned to the world’s top 10 in primary school reading with a reformed curriculum and new qualifications.
He also pointed to thousands of schools being given the freedom to become an academy so 1.9 million more pupils are in ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ schools.
Mr Hinds said: “It’s a record to be proud of but it’s not enough to be satisfied with yet.
“We will not rest until results in every part of the country are as good as the results are in the best; opportunity is available equally to all in our society and all routes, whether technical or academic, are of equal standing.”
Money for colleges
The money for colleges will see cash being spent on equipment and computers for those studying digital pathways and also for buying machinery and heavy plant for those taking construction lessons.
Funding will start from spring 2019 before the first T-Levels start in September 2020.
So far, 54 providers have been selected to deliver the childcare, digital and education pathways but the providers for construction are unknown.
The Department for Education says that more information on who the remaining providers will be is to be made available soon.
Also, the £38 million being shared between the providers of T-Levels means they are likely to receive less than £700,000 each.
Help encourage more schools to offer competitive sport
The announcement was made at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham where it has also been revealed that the Department for Education is to stage a meeting that will help encourage more schools to offer competitive sport.
The meeting will see leaders of the Premier League, Rugby Football Union and England Netball taking part.