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Education and Skills

Education and skills are crucial for Britain to prosper in a globalised world. Yet, in a 2011 British Chamber of Commerce survey, nearly half of employers said that they could not find the right person to fill job vacancies. Candidates were hampered by poor basic skills, particularly in English and mathematics. Successive governments have prioritised initiatives aimed at raising standards in schools, offering access to vocational training and widening participation in higher education. This collection of reports covers education policy developments in these three areas, focusing on initiatives aimed at improving the educational attainment and life chances of disadvantaged groups.

This collection is made up of full text reports on education and skills, available to view free of charge

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Real Finnish lessons: the true story of an education superpower

Finnish education scores were at the top of the international PISA league tables in the early and mid-2000s, but  have now begun to slip.

Further education and skills in England 2016

This release provides final full-year information on post-16 learner participation and achievements in further education (FE) and skills for the academic year 2015 to 2016.

Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom 2016

This publication presents the current picture of performance amongst pupils at the end of compulsory schooling against national measures.

Literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 early years educator staff: government consultation

This consultation is seeking views on the level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for staff with a level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.

A northern powerhouse schools strategy: an independent review by Sir Nick Weller

The Northern Powerhouse initiative is designed to help rebalance the economy and establish the North as a centre of growth in the UK.

Review of evidence on education in the north of England: research report

This report looked to:Understand problems with the quality of education in the north of England and its causes.

Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom: 2016: country information and data sources

This document accompanies statistics on education and training in the UK for 2016.

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