Press release: Improved access to thousands more world class school places

first_imgThe window for applications to the second round of the Selective Schools Expansion Fund will be open for ten weeks until 23 April. We are delighted that further selective schools are being given the opportunity to expand. The number of pupils reaching secondary age means that it makes absolute sense that, just like other good and outstanding schools, they are able to expand. The work we are doing with the Department for Education through our Memorandum of Understanding, is proving most valuable in extending the initiatives that member schools have undertaken in recent years, to increase access for disadvantaged pupils and support other schools in raising standards for all children. Along with the Selective School Expansion Fund, this work is making an important contribution to ensuring more children receive the high quality education that is right for them. All schools that bid to expand must submit a Fair Access and Partnership Plan, setting out how they will improve access for disadvantaged pupils. Today, the department is publishing the plans of those schools that were successful in round one, making clear the extent of the work that will be undertaken to make sure as many young people as possible, regardless of their background, can benefit from a place at an Outstanding school.The nature of this work is wide ranging, for example Chelmsford County High School will set up help desks in partner primary schools to assist parents registering children for the entrance test, while sixth form students at Queen Mary’s High School – along with a number of others – will tutor pupil premium children in literacy and numeracy to support them ahead of the entrance test.Chief Executive of the Grammar School Heads Association Jim Skinner said: Disadvantaged pupils will have access to even more good or outstanding school places as the Government invests another £50 million to make sure as many children as possible benefit from world class education.Launching the second round of the Selective Schools Expansion Fund today (11 February), the Department for Education will be making money available for grammar schools to create additional places, but only if they demonstrate how they will attract more disadvantaged pupils and work with other schools in their area to raise standards locally.Today’s launch marks the second round of funding available for this programme, following the announcement of the 16 schools that were successful in bidding for the first round. All those schools committed to a range of measures to improve access for disadvantaged pupils, and the Department for Education has also today published details of those commitments.All schools successful in the first round of the fund were rated as Outstanding, with 98% of grammar schools rated either Good or Outstanding overall. Grammar schools are also popular with parents, with around 15 pupils choosing a selective school as their first preference for every 10 selective places offered.Today’s announcement builds on the 825,000 new school places created since 2010 and the one million this Government is on course to create by 2020.School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, said: Selective schools are some of the highest performing schools in the country and so it’s right that more pupils should have the opportunity to benefit from the world class education they provide. It’s also right that access to those places should be fair to pupils from all backgrounds, which is why selective schools must demonstrate how they are going to admit more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, if they are going to expand. It is also a requirement that selective schools work with other schools in their area. Whether through a multi academy trust or an informal partnership, we want to see more selective schools using their expertise to improve opportunities for a wider group of young people.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgSociété Générale Securities Services – Jason Nabi has been appointedto the newly created position of head of financial institutions and brokers (FIB) for the UK. Reporting to Guillaume Heraud, global head of business development for financial institutions and brokers, he will be responsible for leading the business development strategy for FIB and its position across this client segment in the UK. He was previously responsible for the strategic business development of Markit’s asset servicing business.Allenbridge – Odi Lahav, chief executive, is totake over the company’s management from Karen Shackleton, currently managing director. Shackleton will, however, continue to handle her own client portfolio.Conning Asset Management – Ben Hamilton has been appointed portfolio manager in London. Hamilton, who will report to Russell Büsst, CAM’s European CIO, will assist senior portfolio managers managing fixed income portfolios for the European client base, and developing CAM’s global bond offering. Hamilton joins from Premier Asset Management, where he was assistant investment manager and research analyst for fixed income and multi-asset funds.GLG Partners – Simon Price has been appointed to the financials team. He will assume the position of asset manager, contributing to global, European and financials long/short strategies and working alongside the existing financials team of David Sanders and Stephen Holliday, with particular focus on stock-picking opportunities in the US and Japanese financials sectors. He joins from Occitan, where he was partner and global sector head for financials and macro analysis. Loyalis, State Street Global Advisors, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Société Générale Securities Services, Allenbridge, Conning Asset Management, GLG Partners Loyalis – Aad van der Klugt is to leave as a board member at Loyalis, the APG subsidiary for additional pension products. His departure follows the slimming down of the company, as a result of a changing life insurance market, as well as the transfer to APG of the Loyalis subsidiary for tailor-made administration (LMA). Van der Klugt’s responsibilities will be assumed by Peter van Wageningen, chairman of the board, and financial director Wim Vliex. State Street Global Advisors – Mark Fortier has been appointed managing director, head of global defined contribution research and product development. Fortier, most recently head of product and partner strategy at Alliance Bernstein, will be responsible for developing products that anticipate plan sponsor needs, working closely with the investment teams across SSGA to bring new DC products to market globally. He will be based in Boston, reporting to Fredrik Axsater, managing director and global head of defined contribution at SSGA.Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change – Peter Damgaard Jensen has been appointed to the board of the IIGCC. Jensen is managing director and chief executive at PKA, and was also chairman of the Danish Insurance Association from 2009 to 2013.last_img read more

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