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Education and Skills Insights – 2021

GK has published its newest Education insights report today, with commentary from our education focused consultants covering: COVID-19 and the profile of schools funding DfE announcements look to the future of work Three likely priorities for the new Children’s Commissioner What next for higher education post-Brexit? What can we expect from the independent review of children’s social care? To set up a meeting to...

The education crisis: an opportunity for a reset on EdTech

COVID has clearly forced a rethink on the role of technology in education. The longstanding minister for school standards, Nick Gibb, who has until recently shown little enthusiasm for technology, announced in January that the Government is exploring a strategy for the creation of “a more resilient education system based on firm digital and technological foundations”. But what will this mean in practice, and how will this agenda be advanced in a department...

Education & Skills Insights – 2021

GK's education experts, including former education Minister, David Laws share their thoughts on key education and skills issues: A new university admissions system? What will come from the new Green Jobs Taskforce? The National Tutoring Programme, funding, and media scrutiny Children’s social care is still ripe for investment: Here’s why Will COVID-19 change anything for early years? In difficult times, research impact can be a...

GK launches Education & Skills Insights Report

We are delighted to announce the launch of GK’s new education and skills insights monthly report. Our team of consultants have created insightful content that looks at some of the most important trends and developments across the whole of the education and skills space. Topics covered this month include: Five things to look out for in education policy - by David Laws, Strategic Advisor Interpreting changes to the National Funding Formula - by Joe Berkhout, Account...

How the Conservative majority will change political risk for investors

The Conservatives’ majority of 80 seats has removed one of the biggest political risks to investors. A hung parliament, let alone a Labour administration, will remain a distant possibility. The Prime Minister no longer needs to tread carefully to win votes in the Commons. Yet, the actions of this single-party government – the first significant majority in the UK for over a decade – will be more complex to forecast. The dynamics of Parliament and politics have changed...

The university brand: keeping up with student demands

Seven years since the coalition government removed the cap on university places, the competition between universities to attract more and more students has soared. With fees rising, and students demanding value for money, universities must think about how they attract students like never before. Students have become “customers” and if universities are to remain competitive, they must go beyond pure academic reputation and develop a compelling brand narrative to attract...

3 mental health policy issues Boris Johnson’s Government must address

When he’s not testing the rulebook on parliamentary procedure, preparing the country for that inevitable no-deal Brexit, or out on the yet-to-be-declared campaign trail, Boris Johnson likes to tread the line between audacious policy announcements and drafting bullish content for the papers. Back in July Johnson wrote an Op-Ed, citing his hero Winston Churchill and his...

REF 2021 is coming – here’s how you can make an impact

What is REF? The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is used to assess the quality of research at UK universities, and determine funding for the next 7 years. The next REF review will take place in 2021, and will assess universities’ research outputs, environment, and impact. A total of £2 billion will be allocated in total, with those with the best ratings receiving the highest proportion of this. The importance of the REF ‘impact’ score should not be...