Education Services Grant - 2014/15

8 January 2014

The total funding transfer for the Education Services Grant (ESG) in 2014-15 is £1.03 billion. It has been reduced from the original estimate of £1.22 billion, which was based on expenditure data for 2011-12. The new figure was recalculated on the basis of local authority expenditure for 2012-13 and is likely to represent a 20% reduction in per-pupil funding.

Social work – proposed changes to recruitment and training

20 November 2013

In a speech to the NSPCC on 12 November 2013, Michael Gove set out his intentions in relation to child protection. In particular, he indicated that there will be significant changes to the recruitment, training and organisation of social workers. Among the key points outlined in his speech were:

New funding for military ethos projects

20 November 2013

The Department for Education has granted further funding of £4.8 million to projects that tackle the underachievement of disengaged pupils by instilling the armed forces’ values of “hard work and discipline”.

New support strategy for care leavers – 1 November 2013

6 November 2013

The Government’s new Care Leaver Strategy sets out in one place the cross-government support that is available when a person leaves a care placement to live independently. The key points of the strategy are as follows.

Research claims sexual harassment “rife”

29 October 2013

A research report by an employment law firm claims that sexual harassment is “rife in the workplace” with six in ten working women having experienced a male colleague behaving “inappropriately” towards them.