Policy Update, Oct 09

After a hectic conference season, Parliament returns this week. We take a look at the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world

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In Parliament:


4:30-5:30pm: Westminster Hall debate – Education funding in south Liverpool led by Maria Eagle MP.


10:30am:  Women and Equalities committee – oral evidence session.

In the first evidence session of this Parliament, the Women and Equalities Committee questions ministers from the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on its performance, priorities and influence across Government in delivering equality.

Nick Gibb MP and Anne Milton MP will be questioned by the committee on a number of areas, including the report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

The session will take place in Committee Room 16, watch live here.


10:30am: Public Accounts Committee – oral evidence session Department for Education Accounts

The Committee will ask officials from the Department for Education about how they are working to improve financial reporting, as well as how they are managing complex immediate risks to the sustainability of schools and colleges.

Location: Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster.


IPPR publishes report suggesting that permanently excluded pupils cost £2.1 billion 

The IPPR published Making The Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion arguing that our education system is ill-equipped to break the cycle of disadvantage for young people excluded from school.

The Guardian reports that ‘School exclusions data in England only ‘the tip of the iceberg.’ 

The report will be officially launched tonight with former Children’s Minister Edward Timpson in London.

Read the report here and a 60-second summary here.



Nick Poole, CILIP CEO said: “Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer across the UK. During the second week in October, we want to ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what’s on offer & encourage their friends & family to get involved.

“CILIP and our national partners are committed to ensuring that Libraries Week receives widespread visibility and support. Whatever type of library you work in, we need you to join us and help ensure the success of Libraries Week.”

Find out how you can get involved.

World Mental Health Day  – 10 October

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. So whether you’re an individual looking to boost your own wellbeing or an employer seeking advice on supporting your staff, Mind have got a range of ways you can get involved.


Achieve Ability have published results from their commission on recruitment and neurodivergence. The report overall aims are to draw attention to discriminatory practices and highlight positive initiatives in order to formulate clear recommendations. DYT Director, Chris Rossiter gave evidence to the comission. Read more. 

Catch up with our activity during Dyslexia Awareness Week, including three articles written by DYT that appeared in TES over the last week. Read them here.

Headteacher outcry after £7m SEND pot assigned to academy expansion – read more. 

The government has released plans for the first six of its “opportunity areas” – Schools Week reveal the key priorities from each. Read more.


Dan Baynes is Policy and Research Executive for Driver Youth Trust

Dan Baynes, Driver Youth Trust