Young People & Education

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Opinion: Diversifying the curriculum will only improve educational equality if we change our value systems of literary work.

From Shakespeare to Lord Alfred Tennyson, to Carol Ann Duffy. Our English literature curriculum is filled with revered authors who have produced seminal pieces that have shaped our way of thinking and blossomed new pioneering literature. Year after year students in the UK engage with poems such as La Belle Dams Sans Merci, grapple with the tragic hamartia of Macbeth and Othello and explore the post-modernist literature of Havisham, and War Photographer. Yet as the famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated, “a change is needed in the curriculum to truly represent an authentic Britain.” 

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Department for Education announce £200 million of funding pledge to address the disadvantage gap – a review

The Department for Education has announced a start to education trials and interventions as they seek to improve attainment across schools, colleges and early years settings. Such action has been backed by a new multi-million government grant. The Department for Education is set to continue funding the Education Endowment Foundation with a new grant £137 million, thereby cementing the independent charity’s role as a central part of the education landscape for the next decade.

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School trip to the museum

School trips could be dramatically cut to keep staff

In a BBC exclusive report, school leaders in England have warned that a cut to school trips may be the first port of action before reducing staffing numbers. This news comes after schools have warned that they are being particularly hit by the rising energy bills.

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“Child Poverty has disappeared from the Government’s agenda”

Child poverty remains a significant barrier to equality of opportunity, however the Levelling Up White Paper and the Levelling Up Bill surprisingly make no mention of it. Chamber recently met with Sir Stephen Timms MP, to discuss the place of child poverty in the levelling up agenda and cross-governmental policy more widely

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Student loans

Student loan interest rates capped

Students that are borrowing loans will be protected from rising inflation with further reduced interest rates. From September 2022, student loan interest rates in England

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