New Secretary of State for Education – Friday 12 January 2018

Welcome back!

This week I report on the cabinet reshuffle resulting in a new Education Secretary, the publication of updated statutory Careers guidance and confirmation that GCSE Computer Science coursework tasks will not count towards students’ final grades this year or next.

New Secretary of State for Education
As a result of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle this week, Justine Greening resigned and was replaced by Damian Hinds as Secretary of State for Education.  Mr Hinds was previously the Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Statutory careers guidance updated
The DfE has updated its statutory careers guidance to reflect policy changes announced in the Government’s Careers strategy. It includes information about the requirement for schools to have a careers leader from September 2018.

‘No marks’ to be awarded for computing coursework
As a result of its consultation following the discovery that GCSE computing coursework tasks had been leaked online, Ofqual has announced that these tasks will not count towards students’ final grades in 2018 or 2019.   It is not yet known what will happen in 2020.