This week I highlight the launch of 20 Careers Hubs across England along with continued funding for the hub in the North East, the publication of this year’s KS2 SATs results and the confirmation of Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19.
Launch of 20 Careers Hubs
This week the Secretary of State for Education announced the names of 20 new Careers Hubs across England. Each Careers Hubs will consist of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education for young people in the region.
The Hubs are based on a successful model, piloted here in the North East. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership piloted the Careers Hub model during 2015-17. During the pilot, the majority of schools in the area managed to meet most of the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ standards for excellent careers guidance. Funding will continue for the North East Hub and all Careers Hubs will have access to support and funding that will include a ‘Hub Lead’ to coordinate activity and build networks.
This year’s KS2 SATs results have been published and 64% of pupils met the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics. To reach the expected standard a pupil must achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in reading and maths tests and an outcome of ‘working at the expected standard’ or ‘working at greater depth’ in writing Teacher Assessment.
Pupil Premium Funding for 2018/19
The DfE has published information on the funding schools will receive in the 2018 to 2019 financial year, for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
In addition, the Virtual School Headteacher for the Local Authority will manage funding of £2,300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)