2017 secondary performance tables published – Friday 26 January 2018

This week saw the publication of the 2017 secondary performance tables, the launch of a new website for primary schools providing mental health teaching resources, a new Commonwealth education resource from the DfE for 11-14 year olds and a new Institute of Coding launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, by the Prime Minister.

2017 secondary performance tables published
Yesterday the DfE published the 2017 secondary performance tables enabling schools to compare their GCSE performance with other schools across the country, based on finalised data from last summer’s results. It has also published guidance and information to help you analyse the data that is reported in all of the school and college performance tables and in the analyse school performance service.

New mental health resources for primary schools
A new website, Mentally Healthy Schools, has been launched by the Duchess of Cambridge, as part of the latest initiative from Heads Together to support children’s mental well-being. The website will give primary schools access to over 1,500 teaching resources focused on supporting children’s mental health and will also provide staff with advice on risks relating to mental ill-health.

DfE launches Commonwealth education resource
The DfE has launched a new resource to support teachers with explaining to pupils about “the importance of the Commonwealth”. The resource will support those working with 11-14 year olds and links to subjects including citizenship, geography and history.

Prime Minister announces £20 million Institute of Coding (IoC)
The Institute of Coding, a key part of the Government’s efforts to drive up digital skills through the Industrial Strategy, was launched by the Prime Minister at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

The new Institute, a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts is set to receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap. The Institute is centred around five core themes:

  • University learners – to boost graduate employability through a new industry standard targeted at degree level qualifications.
  • The digital workforce – to develop specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance.
  • Digitalising the professions – to transform professions undergoing digital transformation (e.g. helping learners retrain via new digital training programmes provided through online and face-to-face learning).
  • Widening participation – to boost equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers (e.g. tailored workshops, bootcamps, innovative learning facilities and other outreach activities).
  • Knowledge sharing and sustainability – to share outcomes and good practice, ensuring long-term sustainability of the IoC. This will include building up an evidence base of research, analysis and intelligence to anticipate future skills gaps.