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NEWS: Government announces further education investment in England

Today the government in England has announced the next step of its education recovery plan, setting out measures to support all children aged 2 to 19 whose education has been affected by the pandemic.

The funding, which is allocated over the next three academic years, includes £153 million for evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners in England, focusing on specific areas such as speech and language development as well as addressing the impacts on emotional wellbeing caused by the pandemic.

The measures also include:

  • £1 billion to support national tutoring for disadvantaged school children, as well as an expansion of the 16-19 tuition fund, targeting key subjects such as maths and English.
  • £253 million to expand existing teacher training and development for 500,000 teachers 

The funding announced today brings the total investment in education ‘recovery’ announced over the last twelve months to over £3bn.

On 11 June the Government published further details of its recovery programme, which can be found here

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:

“We welcome today’s announcement of funding for early years practitioners to support our youngest children who have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly the most disadvantaged. But this can only have a real impact if it is part of a sustained, long term investment in early education and childcare, including increased levels of funding for early education entitlements. Without this, we will continue to see our sector suffer from low pay and high staff turnover – none of which supports our youngest children to receive the high quality early education that they deserve.

“After missing out on much of the support offered to the wider education sector during the pandemic, it is positive to see early education providers, including registered childminders, receive this package of support. We are in discussion with the Department for Education in shaping this plan so that all providers, including childminders, can take part and that this investment is joined up with the government’s commitment in the Queen’s Speech to develop an early years strategy.”