This House of Commons Library briefing details the support available for more able and talented students in UK schools, the attainment gaps existing amongst the more able, and summarises evaluations on the effectiveness of support provided.
Existing Library briefing papers
The Library has a comprehensive range of briefings on education funding:
- School funding in England: FAQs
- 16-19 education funding in England since 2010
- Adult further education funding in England since 2010
- Education spending in the UK
In addition, we have recently published a briefing on the Augar Review of post-18 education, which made a series of recommendations on tuition fees in HE and the funding of further education:
A selection of recent press and other commentary
- ‘Gove and Johnson make school funding pledges as education becomes key campaign issue’, in Schools Week, 3 June 2019.
- ‘DfE told to publish official school funding figures amid another stats slap down’ in Schools Week, 30 May 2019.
- ‘Special needs: Petition demands action on ‘national crisis” in BBC News online, 30 May 2019.
- ‘WATCH: Why thousands protested against SEND cuts today’, in TES online, 30 May 2019.
Further and higher education
- Institute for Fiscal Studies, ‘Augar Review aims to rebalance funding to FE and give government more control over HE funding’, 30 May 2019.
- ‘English fee cut ‘could torpedo Welsh funding settlement’, in Times Higher Education, 23 May 2019.
- Higher Education Policy Institute, Lunchtime takeaways, 10 points to note in today’s Augar report, 30 May 2019.
- Wonkhe, Blink and you’ll miss it: ten hidden treasures buried deep in Augar, 30 May 2019.
- “University tuition fees ‘should be cut to £7,500’”, BBC News, 30 May 2019.
- “Give worse-off students £3,000 to stay in education, says report”, The Guardian, 30 May 2019.
- “Post-18 education review: Introduce a ‘lifelong learning loan allowance’”, FE Week,30 May 2019.
- Association of Colleges, “Post-18 Review: AoC response“, 29 May 2019.
Selected parliamentary debate
- School funding, HC Deb, 4 March 2019, Vol. 655, c253WH onward.
- School funding, HC Deb, 24 April 2019, Vol. 658, c968 onward.
- School funding: Gloucestershire, HC Deb, 30 January 2019, Vol. 653, c390 onward.
Further and higher education; general
- Equality of opportunity for young people, HL Deb 16 May 2019, Vol. 797, c1707 onward.
- Further education funding, HC Deb 02 April 2019, Vol. 657 c298WH onward.
- Department for Education (Estimates), HC Deb 26 February 2019, Vol. 655, c207 onward.
- Education funding, HC Deb 13 November 2018, Volume 649 c237 onward.
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘The future of nurseries and early years settings’ has been scheduled for Thursday 3 December 2020 from 3.00-4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Steve Brine MP, Theresa Villiers MP and Jack Dromey MP.
The Troubled Families Programme (TFP) is a programme in England administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The programme conducts targeted interventions for families experiencing multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. This briefing examines the TFP since 2012, details MHCLG evaluations of the programme, and describes recent commentary and potential future directions for the programme.