Since May 2010 it has been hard to keep up with the stream of innovations emanating from the Department for Education. Away went the cheerful rainbow logo of Labour’s Department for Children, Schools and Families, in came Michael Gove’s more traditional and sober heraldic one.
In July 2010 the guillotine fell on the Building Schools for the Future programme and by December the £3,290 cap on university fees had been raised to £9,000. Against a background of cuts, the Pupil Premium gave looked after children and those on free school meals an extra £488 per head in 2011, rising to £623 in 2012 and £900 in 2013. The Coalition abolished the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), which had given sixth formers from poor families some £30 a week to help them continue studying, replacing it with a much more limited bursary scheme.
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