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GK Point of View – What can we learn from the Nordic Model and the Times Commission Report for Early Years?

GK Associate and early years specialist, Monica Thompson, takes a close look at what the UK can learn from the Nordic Model for childcare, and analyses the early years reforms suggested in the recent Times Education Commission Report. The Nordic Model In June 2022, Children & Families Minister Will Quince visited nurseries in Sweden as part of a mission to cut childcare costs [1]. The minister visited multiple settings, both...

GK Point of View – Monica Thompson on the challenges facing the early years sector

GK Consultant and education expert, Monica Thompson, takes a look at the challenges facing the early years sector. While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire education sector, this period has been particularly challenging for nurseries, pre-schools and other early years settings. Ofsted’s recently published findings on the pandemic’s impact on children of all ages and backgrounds. It reported that children who had been hardest hit by the pandemic actually...

What does a “review” of government policy on employer training mean?

Perspective by David Laws, GK Adviser Last week the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, made a few waves in the education sector by announcing in his Spring Statement a "review" of government policy on employer training, including the Apprenticeship Levy. The announcement caught many by surprise, including apparently some of the Chancellor's colleagues in the Education Department. By the end of the week, some were suggesting that the "review" was not a formal "Review", and...

GK Strategy 31st Mar, 2022 Insight
Education , skills

GK Insights: Schools White Paper

GK adviser and education expert, Monica Thompson, shares her thoughts on the Government's new Schools White Paper Read your copy here: The Schools White Paper to discuss the White Paper and what it means for you, please email to set up a meeting

GK Strategy 30th Mar, 2022 Insight
Education , Schools , SWP

What’s next for EdTech in England?

GK consultant and education expert, Monica Thompson, shares her thoughts on 'What’s next for EdTech in England?' in the newest GK Insights piece here : GK Insight - Ed Tech article To arrange a meeting to discuss the political, policy and regulatory aspects of education, contact Monica on

GK Insights – Levelling Up White Paper

Read GK's newest insight paper on the Government's Levelling Up White Paper here: Levelling Up White Paper Insights To discuss what the White Paper means for your business or investments email to fix up some time.  

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...