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Damian Hinds announces plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children's social work training programme.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has today (8 January) announced plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

The social work charity, which has cross-party support, has secured £45 million in funding as it recruits growing numbers of trainees to the social work profession, helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

The announcement of additional funding comes as new Frontline-commissioned research, undertaken by ComRes, reveals that 44% of adults aged 18 – 34 are considering a change of career this year. The research also shows that a quarter of millennials would prioritise purpose over pay (25%).

Frontline, a top graduate recruiter, has already brought over 1,000 people onto its programme since 2013. Frontline is currently recruiting for its largest ever cohort of 452 trainees, with over 40 vacancies in the South West for the first time, and all trainees will benefit from generous bursaries of up to £20,000.

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Education Secretary to answer MPs questions.

Damian Hinds has been summoned to appear in front of MPs to answer questions about academy trust accountability, exclusions and the state of careers advice.

The education secretary will be grilled by the powerful parliamentary education committee on Wednesday next week.

The committee is “likely to want to ask about issues including multi-academy trusts and accountability, school exclusions and careers advice”, a spokesperson for the committee said.

MPs may also touch on “the subject of academy finance and the academy sector annual report and accounts”.

The annual report, released two months ago, included a number of worrying revelations. For example, it showed that the number of trusts paying at least one person over £100,000 has gone up, more trusts are in deficit, more chains are collapsing and there has been an increase in reported fraud.

The hearing also comes as the schools community anxiously awaits the findings of a landmark government review of exclusions, led by former minister Ed Timpson. The inquiry was announced in response to a steady increase in permanent and fixed-term exclusions in schools, and wider concerns about the quality of alternative provision.

Questions about careers will almost certainly focus on the work of the Careers and Enterprise Company, which was the subject of two hearings by the committee last year.

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Government backs music lessons.

In order to ensure all pupils are able to enjoy high quality lessons, schools are to receive a new model music curriculum created by an independent panel of experts, School Standards Minister Nick Gibb announced today (11 January).

This comes as a £1.33million funding boost is given to the Department for Education’s music education hubs, which helped hundreds of thousands of young people learn to play an instrument in whole classes in 2016/17.

The new curriculum will be developed by a group of teachers, education leaders and musicians and will be published in summer 2019. It will provide schools with a sequenced and structured template curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

As well as ensuring all pupils can benefit from knowledge rich and diverse lessons, it is hoped that the curriculum will make it for easier for teachers to plan lessons and help to reduce workload.

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Teacher banned indefinitely.

A former teacher alleged to have sexually touched a pupil while giving her physics tuition has been banned indefinitely from the profession.

Robbie Brittain, 33, taught at Langley School in Loddon, Norfolk, when it was alleged he engaged in sexual activity with the girl in school rooms.

A jury at Norwich Crown Court cleared him of two criminal charges in 2016.

But a teacher misconduct panel said "on the balance of probabilities" he had engaged in sexual touching with her.

The panel said it was satisfied Mr Brittain had done so in school communal areas between 2013 and 2014.

Mr Brittain started to give the pupil additional physics tuition at some point in 2013 and the pupil claimed "within a few weeks" sexual touching had begun, a panel report said.

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Hunger Minister?

A group of MPs want the government to introduce a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in food insecurity in the UK - especially among children.

The Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.

It says ministers have failed to recognise and respond to the problem.

The government says the number of children living in workless households is at a record low.

But MPs say the number of people without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food is "significant and growing", with the unemployed, sick or those with children most likely to be affected.

The committee wants to see the appointment of a new minister with "responsibility and accountability for combating hunger and food insecurity within the UK".

The job would involve exploring the scale, causes and impact of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and implementing strategies to improve the situation.

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