Autumn Budget 2017 - impact on education

22/11/17

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has just completed his Autumn Budget statement to the house. The budget now takes place annually in November and a spring statement will follow next year. His focus was pitched at enabling the economy to grow and to create a new future outside of the European Union after Brexit (including an allocation of £3 billion for Brexit preparations).

Below is our rapid summary for parents on how the announcements impact education:

  • With, in the Chancellor’s view, Britain being on the brink of a technological revolution, he announced £84 million to upskill 8,000 computer science teachers. A new £100 million National Centre for Computing will also produce training material and support schools
  • In a move to support ‘more maths for everyone,’ and so that we remain competitive in the global marketplace:
    • Schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil who takes A-Level maths or a core maths qualification, with over £80 million available initially
    • An extra £40 million was announced to train maths teachers. The 'Teaching for Mastery' maths programme will be expanded to a further 3,000 schools
    • Government also invited proposals to open specialist maths schools to nurture talent with £18 million being made available
    • An £8.5 million pilot will seek to improve GCSE maths resit outcomes.
  • Government will invest £42 million to pilot a Teacher Development Premium. This will test the impact of £1,000 worth of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training for every teacher in selected schools in regional areas that have fallen behind.
  • The introduction of T levels to develop a strong technical (vocational) qualification recognised by employers was announced at the Spring Budget; however, today an extra £20 million was announced to help further education colleges to implement them.
  • To support lifelong retraining, a new joint Government, CBI and TUC national retraining scheme was announced starting with £30m towards digital skills.
  • The budget also announced that in order to tackle the problem of girls being disproportionately less likely to study most STEM subjects at A level, they will explore this further to better understand the gender disparity in subject choices at age 16.
  • On improving digital communications, the government is launching a new £190 million Challenge Fund. Children in 100 schools around the country will be some of the first to benefit, starting with a pilot in the East Midlands in early 2018.
  • In December, a green paper will be published setting out the government’s plans to transform mental health services for children and young people.

For more information, see Schools Week and the BBC.

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