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Year of Engineering launched.

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January 2018).

Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering – and highlight the scale of opportunity that careers in the industry hold for young people in the UK.

2018 is officially the Year of Engineering and will see a national drive in all corners of the country to inspire the young people who will shape our future.

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Training provider blocked report.

Britain’s biggest training provider successfully applied for a superinjunction that stopped official inspectors from passing on a critical report to the government, it has emerged.

It allowed Learndirect, which is mostly funded by the Department for Education, to suppress a damning assessment of its training for four months, Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, told the House of Commons public accounts committee.

The disclosure followed a National Audit Office report that concluded Learndirect was given special treatment by officials allowing it to retain its contracts for almost a year after a critical Ofsted report – far longer than the usual three-month termination period.

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Stem skills problem.

Spending watchdog the National Audit Office calls on the Department for Education to come up with coordinated plan tackle the Stem skills problem 

 

A gender gap in most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects at A level means that a number of skilled young women are “being lost to the economy”, according to a new official report.

Some of the Department for Education’s success – such as the 2.6 per cent rise in Stem take-up at A level – “masks some ongoing problems”, the government's spending watchdog warned today.

The National Audit Office (NAO) report highlights the fact that females made up only 42 per cent of all Stem A-level entries last year - and females regularly outperform their male peers in many Stem subjects.

Female A-level students made up only 9.4 per cent of entries in computing, 21.2 per cent in physics and 39 per cent in mathematics last year.

“This participation gap shows that young women represent a pool of potential Stem-skilled people that is currently being lost to the economy,” the report says.

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Will education policy change now?

The new education secretary, Damian Hinds, is an unknown quantity for most teachers and parents, but we do know he is a grammar-educated former strategy consultant who would like to see an “elite” selective school in every town and reportedly said that only “mums” can really make a difference to children’s learning in the early years.

The controversial removal of the comprehensive-educated Justine Greening and her replacement by Hinds makes sense only if you believe, as I do, that the prime minister is preparing for another election based on the same key commitments as last time. Yes, even though they didn’t go down hugely well with the electorate.

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Vice-chancellor of University of Bath.

A body which scrutinises the University of Bath has voted for the immediate departure of its vice-chancellor, who is the highest-paid in the UK.

The university court is also demanding the chair of its governing council and remuneration committee step down over Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell's pay rate.

Dame Glynis, who earns £468,000, is due to step down at the end of the summer term but remain on sabbatical.

The university said it had no plans to change her retirement package.

The university court is a statutory body with around 200 members that provides a forum to scrutinise the university's affairs.

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