Department for Education
The Department for Education is a department of Her Majesty's Government responsible for child protection, education and wider skills in England. A Department for Education existed between 1992, when the Department of Education and Science was renamed, 1995 when it was merged with the Department for Employment to become the Department for Education and Employment; the DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 by the incoming Cameron ministry, taking on the responsibilities and resources of the Department for Children and Families. In June 2012 the Department for Education committed a breach of the UK's Data Protection Act due to a security flaw on its website which made email addresses and comments of people responding to consultation documents available for download. In July 2016, the Department took over responsibilities for higher and further education and for apprenticeship from the dissolved Department for Business and Skills. Committee of the Privy Council on Education, 1839–1899 Education Department, 1856–1899 Board of Education, 1899–1944 Ministry of Education, 1944–1964 Department of Education and Science, 1964–1992 Department for Education, 1992–1995 Department for Education and Employment, 1995–2001 Department for Education and Skills, 2001–2007 Department for Children and Families, 2007–2010 The department is led by the Secretary of State for Education.
The Permanent Secretary is Jonathan Slater. DfE is responsible for education, children’s services and further education policy and wider skills in England, equalities; the predecessor department employed the equivalent of 2,695 staff as of April 2008 and as at June 2016, DfE had reduced its workforce to the equivalent of 2,301 staff. In 2015-16, the DfE has a budget of £58.2bn, which includes £53.6bn resource spending and £4.6bn of capital investments. The Department for Education's ministers are as follows: The management board is made up of: Permanent Secretary - Jonathan Slater Director-General, Social Care and Equalities - Indra Morris Director-General, Education Standards - Paul Kett Director-General and Funding - Andrew McCully Director-General and Further Education - Philippa Lloyd Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Insight and Transformation - Howard Orme Chief Executive, Education & Skills Funding Agency - Eileen MilnerNon-executive board members: Marion Plant OBE; the Education Funding Agency was responsible for distributing funding for state education in England for 3-19 year olds, as well as managing the estates of schools, colleges and the Skills Funding Agency was responsible for funding skills training for further education in England and running the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service.
The EFA was formed on 1 April 2012 by bringing together the functions of two non-departmental public bodies, the Young People's Learning Agency and Partnerships for Schools. The SFA was formed on 1 April 2010, following the closure of the Skills Council. Eileen Milner is the agency's Chief Executive; the National College for Teaching and Leadership is responsible for administering the training of new and existing teachers in England, as well as the regulation of the teaching profession and offers headteachers, school leaders and senior children's services leaders opportunities for professional development. It was established on 1 April 2013, when the Teaching Agency merged with the National College for School Leadership; the National College for Teaching and Leadership was replaced by the Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency in April 2018. The Standards and Testing Agency is responsible for developing and delivering all statutory assessments for school pupils in England, it was formed on 1 October 2011 and took over the functions of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency.
The STA is regulated by Ofqual. The DfE is supported by 10 public bodies: Education and children's policy is devolved elsewhere in the UK; the department's main devolved counterparts are as follows: Scotland Scottish Government – Learning and Justice DirectoratesNorthern Ireland Department of Education Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister Wales Welsh Government – Department for Education and Skills The Department for Education released a new National Curriculum for schools in England for September 2014, which included'Computing'. Following Michael Gove's speech in 2012, the subject of Information Communication Technology has been disapplied and replaced by Computing. With the new curriculum, materials have been written by commercial companies, to support non-specialist teachers, for example,'100 Computing Lessons' by Scholastic; the Computing at Schools organisation has created a'Network of Teaching Excellence'to support schools with the new curriculum. In 2015, the Department announced a major restructuring of the
University of Westminster
The University of Westminster is a public university in London, United Kingdom. Its antecedent institution, the Royal Polytechnic Institution, was founded in 1838 and was the first polytechnic institution in the UK. Westminster was awarded university status in 1992 meaning, its headquarters and original campus are in Regent Street in the City of Westminster area of central London, with additional campuses in Fitzrovia and Harrow. It operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan. Westminster's academic activities are organised into seven faculties and schools, within which there are around 45 departments; the University has numerous centres of research excellence across all the faculties, including the Communication and Media Research Institute, whose research is ranked in the Global Top 40 by the QS World University Rankings. Westminster had an income of £170.4 million in 2012/13, of which £4.5 million was from research grants and contracts. Westminster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EFMD, the European University Association and Universities UK.
The Royal Polytechnic Institution was built by William Mountford Nurse in 1837 and opened at 309 Regent Street on 6 August 1838 to provide “an institution where the Public, at little expense, may acquire practical knowledge of the various arts and branches of science connected with manufacturers, mining operations and rural economy.” Sir George Cayley, the "father of aeronautical engineering", was the first chairman and the Polytechnic formally received a Royal charter in August 1839. The Polytechnic housed a large exhibition hall, lecture theatre and laboratories, public attractions included working machines and models, scientific lectures and demonstrations, rides in a diving bell and, from 1839, demonstrations of photography. Prince Albert visited the institution in 1840, when he descended in the diving bell, became a patron in 1841; the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe opened on the roof of the Polytechnic in March 1841. In 1848, a theatre was added to the building, purpose-built to accommodate the growing audiences for the Polytechnic’s optical shows.
These combined magic lantern images with live performances, music and spectres, illuminated fountains and fireworks in sophisticated displays, spreading the fame of what was arguably the world’s first permanent projection theatre.‘Professor’ John Henry Pepper joined the Polytechnic in the 1840s. Best known today for his illusion ‘Pepper’s Ghost’, his contribution to education deserves recognition. Pepper established evening classes in engineering, applied science and technical subjects for young working Londoners, beginning the tradition of widening access to education continued by the University of Westminster today. Expansion gave way to financial difficulty, reflecting a long-standing tension between education and the need to run a successful business. A fatal accident on the premises in 1859 caused the first institution to be wound up and a new one formed. Various regeneration schemes were considered, but in 1879 a fire damaged the roof, precipitating the final crisis. In September 1881, the Royal Polytechnic Institution closed, marking a transition to new ownership and a new era of educational development.
Christian philanthropist Quintin Hogg acquired the lease to the building in December 1881 for £15,000. Hogg had established a Ragged School and Boys Home in the Covent Garden area of London to provide a basic education for some of London’s poorest children. In 1873, he established the Youths' Christian Institute and Reading Rooms to provide educational, religious and social opportunities for young working men. Membership fees paid for free use of a library, social rooms and entertainments for members; the Institute was renamed the Young Men's Christian Institute. Following Hogg’s purchase of 309 Regent Street, the YMCI moved into the new premises, re-opening on 25 September 1882. About 6,000 members and students – three times the anticipated number – attended during the first 1882/3 session; the institute adopted the name the Polytechnic Young Men’s Christian Institute, or the Polytechnic, for short. From 1882 an expanded programme of classes began, including science and art classes held in conjunction with the Science and Art Department, a scheme of technical and trade education, related to the City and Guilds of London Institute of Technical Instruction and to the London Trades Council.
The building housed classrooms, a swimming bath, a refreshment room. Activities included daily chapels, Parliamentary debating, a Reading Circle and drama societies and several sports clubs. By 1888 membership was 4,200, in addition to 7,300 students, over 200 classes were held weekly as well as concerts, an annual industrial exhibition. Membership was open to those aged between 16 and 25. A Young Women's Branch, housed in separate premises in Langham Place, was established. In the early 1880s the Institute attracted much favourable attention from the technical education lobby. Following the City of London Parochial Charities Act in 1883, it became clear that funds would be available to endow the Polytechnic and to found and support institutions on the same model across London. A public appeal was launched in 1888 to raise the required matching funding; the Scheme was finalised under the auspices of the Charity Commissioners in 1891, when the Institute was recons
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997; as of 2017, Blair is the last British Labour Party leader to have won a general election. From 1983 to 2007, Blair was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, he was elected Labour Party leader in July 1994, following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith. Under Blair's leadership, the party used the phrase "New Labour", to distance it from previous Labour policies and the traditional conception of socialism. Blair declared support for a new conception that he referred to as "social-ism", involving politics that recognised individuals as interdependent, advocated social justice, the equal worth of each citizen, equal opportunity referred to as the Third Way. Critics of Blair denounced him for bringing the Labour Party towards the perceived centre ground of British politics, abandoning'genuine' socialism and being too amenable to capitalism.
Supporters, including the party's public opinion pollster Philip Gould, stated that the Labour Party had to demonstrate that it had made a decisive break from its left-wing past, in order to win an election again. In May 1997, the Labour Party won a landslide the largest in its history. Blair, at 43 years of age, became the youngest Prime Minister since 1812. In September 1997, Blair attained early personal popularity, receiving a 93% public approval rating, after his public response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the Labour Party went on to win two more general elections under his leadership: in 2001, in which it won another landslide victory, in 2005, with a reduced majority. During his first term as Prime Minister, his government oversaw a large increase in public spending and introduced the National Minimum Wage Act, Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, his government held referendums in which the Scottish and Welsh electorates voted in favour of devolved administration.
In Northern Ireland, Blair was involved in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement. Blair supported the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration, ensured that the British Armed Forces participated in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and, more controversially, the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair has faced criticism for his role in the invasion of Iraq, including calls for having him tried for war crimes and waging a war of aggression. Blair was succeeded as Leader of the Labour Party and as Prime Minister by Gordon Brown in June 2007. On the day that Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, an office which he held until May 2015, he runs the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Anthony Charles Lynton Blair was born at Queen Mary Maternity Home in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 6 May 1953, he was the second son of Hazel Blair. Leo Blair was the illegitimate son of two entertainers and was adopted as a baby by Glasgow shipyard worker James Blair and his wife, Mary.
Hazel Corscadden was the daughter of George Corscadden, a butcher and Orangeman who moved to Glasgow in 1916. In 1923, he returned to County Donegal. In Ballyshannon, Corscadden's wife, Sarah Margaret, gave birth above the family's grocery shop to Blair's mother, Hazel. Blair has an older brother, Sir William Blair, a High Court judge, a younger sister, Sarah. Blair's first home was with his family at Paisley Terrace in the Willowbrae area of Edinburgh. During this period, his father worked as a junior tax inspector whilst studying for a law degree from the University of Edinburgh. Blair's first relocation was. At the end of 1954, Blair's parents and their two sons moved from Paisley Terrace to Adelaide, South Australia, his father lectured in law at the University of Adelaide. It was when in Australia; the Blairs lived in the suburb of Dulwich close to the university. The family returned to the United Kingdom in the summer of 1958, they lived for a time with Hazel's mother and stepfather at their home in Stepps on the outskirts of north-east Glasgow.
Blair's father accepted a job as a lecturer at Durham University, thus moved the family to Durham, England. Aged five, this marked the beginning of a long association. With his parents basing their family in Durham, Blair attended Chorister School from 1961 to 1966. Aged thirteen, he was sent to spend his school term time boarding at Fettes College in Edinburgh from 1966 to 1971. Blair is reported to have hated his time at Fettes, his teachers were unimpressed with him. Blair modelled himself on Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones. During his time there he met Charlie Falconer, whom he appointed Lord Chancellor. Leaving Fettes College at the age of eighteen, Blair next spent a year in London attempting to find fame as a rock music promoter. In 1972, at the age of nineteen, he enrolled for university at St John's College, reading Jurisprudence for three years; as a student, he played guitar and sang in a rock band called Ugly Rumours, performed some stand-up comedy, including parodying James T.
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Murad Qureshi is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, former Member of the London Assembly. He is the current chair of the Stop the War Coalition. Qureshi was born in Greater Manchester, but he was brought up in Westminster, when his parents moved in July 1965, he attended Quintin Kynaston School and graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Development Studies before undertaking an MSc in Environmental Economics at University College London. Qureshi is of Bangladeshi descent, comes from a politically active family: his late father Mushtaq Qureshi was a Labour Party councillor in the City of Westminster and was a freedom fighter in the Bangladesh War of Liberation, his youngest sister Papya Qureshi is a sitting councillor in Westminster. Before becoming an Assembly Member, he worked in Housing and Regeneration for 15 years, helping establish housing associations and co-ops in the East End, he was an Executive Committee member of SERA from 1994 to 2000 and a former board member of BRAC U.
K, an international NGO seeking to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. Qureshi was a councillor in the City of Westminster from 1998 to 2006, was elected on the Labour Party's party list to the London Assembly in the 2004 Assembly election, was re-elected in the 2008 election and re-elected in 2012 Assembly election, he failed to be re-elected at the 2016 election. He has been described as "the only Muslim member" of the London Assembly, although he supports Amartya Sen's theory of plural identities and has criticised the practice of individuals "defining themselves by their religion, without taking into account other key aspects of their identity". Qureshi was Chair of the London Assembly's Environment Committee and a Member of the Transport Committee, he was a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which oversees the London Fire Brigade between 2004–2012 and Chair of the Mayor's London Waterways Commission, since its inception. Under his chairmanship of the Environment Committee at the London Assembly, a body of work emerged against expansion of Heathrow airport work and its adverse environmental impact on Londoners' quality of life in West London suburbs, including reports Plane Speaking and Flights of Fancy, plus consultation responses on the Government's Draft Aviation Policy Framework, more against night flights.
In "Flights of Fancy" produced before the last general election in May 2010, it argued against Labour government keenness to have a third runway at Heathrow. Since losing the last general election, the Labour Party has dropped its expansion of Heathrow airport position; as an Assembly Member he has undertaken rapporteurships into pedicabs and the loss of London's playing fields. The latter report called for Sport England to be consulted on all applications for developments on playing fields measuring 0.2 hectares or more, a policy which has since been adopted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Among campaigns Qureshi had called for the inclusion of Twenty20 cricket in the 2012 Olympic Games, a proposal which has received the backing of the London Assembly, he has advocated the use of blue lines to mark the courses of London's underground rivers, he has called for Edgware Road tube station to be renamed Church Street Market, as this would end the confusion between that station and the namesake station on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.
He has worked for many years to raise awareness of the crucial role of remittances in international development with his last letter in the Financial Times generating much debate. In 2004, remittances was the key topic on which he presented evidence before the House of Commons International Development Committee as part of a submission by the British Bangladeshi International Development Group. In 2007, Qureshi hosted a meeting at City Hall which launched the Cambridge IGCSEs in Bangladesh and India Studies with Amartya Sen's support. Qureshi follows political developments in South Asia and was in Bangladesh for the parliamentary elections in December 2008, he is Chairman of Capital SERA, the London branch of SERA. He contributes regular columns to the China Daily and West End Extra. Qureshi has a music record named after him and has financially backed a British film Shongram, a romantic drama, set during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation struggle. British Bangladeshi List of British Bangladeshis List of ethnic minority politicians in the United Kingdom Official website Murad Qureshi on Twitter
Van Heyningen and Haward Architects
Van Heyningen and Haward is an architectural practice, founded in 1983 by Birkin Haward and Joanna van Heyningen, now owned and managed by James McCosh, Meryl Townley and Chris Wilderspin. The London architects work in education, have worked in the heritage and health sectors. In 2010 the practice produced a monograph detailing their work to date; the book was edited by Ian Latham. As well as giving an overview of the projects undertaken by the practice from inception until publication, it includes essays by Trevor Garnham and contributions by Ken Powell and Patrick Lynch; the launch party for the book was held at Latymer Upper School, a long-standing client of the practice. Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, St John's Wood, North London Leicester Cathedral reordering Bow School, East London Cory Environmental Centre, Mucking Marshes, Essex Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve and Education Centre Clovelly Visitor Centre, North Devon Platform, Islington Lerner Court, Clare College, Cambridge Refurbishment of No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent Bolton Market Hall City and Islington College Sixth Form Centre Latymer Upper School Rivergate Centre, Barking Kaleidoscope, Lewisham New North London Synagogue Wilson Court, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge West Ham station Gateway to the White Cliffs, Dover Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford National Centre for Early Music, York Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Suffolk Polhill Library, University of Bedfordshire Chinese Picture Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Tomb of Richard III, Leicester Cathedral Civic Trust Award Commendation for Bow School RICS East of England Design and Innovation Award for Cory Environmental Centre RICS East of England Leisure and Tourism Award for Cory Environmental Centre RICS East of England Project of the Year Award for Cory Environmental Centre Shortlisted for RIBA East Award for Cory Environmental Centre Civic Trust Community Benefit Award for Cory Environmental Centre, Commendation RICS Regeneration Highly Commended Award for Rivergate Centre, Barking RICS Community Benefit Highly Commended Award for Platform, Islington RIBA South Conservation Award for No.1 Smithery, Chatham Camden and Islington Business Award for Best Property Business RIBA Award for No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard Regeneration and Renewal Awards Highly Commended for No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard Brick Award, Best Outdoor Space for Corfield Court, St John's College LABC Regional Award, Best Technical Design for Corfield Court, St John's College RIBA Award for Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn's School Building Award Highly Commended for Architectural Practice of the Year Civic Trust Award Commendation for Dennis Sciama Building, University of Portsmouth Architecture Today, October – "Wild at Heart", Cory Environmental Visitor Centre Architects Journal, October – "vHH completes another nature reserve scheme", "Week in Pictures", Cory Environmental Visitor Centre Building Magazine – "Back to Nature", Cory Environmental Visitor Centre Architects Journal, April – "Bricks and Torah", New North London Synagogue RIBA Journal, April – "Hide and Seek", Cory Environmental Visitor Centre RIBA Sector Review, London 2012 – Featuring: Rivergate Centre School Building Magazine – "The Science of Renewable's", Science and Library Building, Latymer Upper School Architecture Today, February – "Three part harmony:van Heyningen and Haward at Latymer School ", Science and Library Building, Latymer Upper School RIBA Sector Review, London 2011 – Featuring: Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn's School RIBA The List 2011 – Featuring: Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn's School 21st Century London: The New Architecture, Kenneth Powell – Merrell Publishing – Featuring: Kaleidoscope Children and Young People's Centre Architect's Journal, 10 June – "RIBA Awards 2010", Edward Alleyn Building PLAN, June/July – "Schools of the Future", Edward Alleyn Building Building, 23 July – "Salvage Operation", No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard Building Design, 30 July – "Naval Gazing", No.1 Smithery, Chatham Historic Dockyard van Heyningen and Haward Buildings and Projects – Right Angle Publishing RIBA Sector Review, Education 2010 – Featuring: Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn's School RIBA Sector Review, Conservation 2010 – Featuring: Corfield Court, St John's College Architect's Journal, 19 November – "Cash Injection for England's Youth Centres", Hornsey Road Baths Development Building Design, 31 July – "Education" Barking Riverside Building Design, 17 July – "Reaching for the Stars" Dennis Sciama Building, University of Portsmouth AR Ketipo, May – RSPB Environment and Education Centre, Technical Study Architect's Journal, 23 April – "New Court, Clare College" Building Study RIBA Journal, 1 April – "State of the Market", Bolton Market Hall Architecture 09 RIBA Buildings of the Year, Tony Chapman, London – Featuring: Lerner Court, Clare College Architecture Today, January – "Fit For Purpose" Classical Studies Centre, Oxford University Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Wiley – Featuring: Kaleiodsope and Young People's Centre Architects' Journal, 13 December – Ysgol Ifor Bach, Caerphilly Primary School Architects' Journal, 28 June – RIBA Awards – RSPB Environment and Education Centre, Rainham Marshes and Kaleidoscope and Young People's Centre Architectural Design, May/June – Kaleidoscope and Young People's Centre, Lewisham HD, April – "The Green Trial" Kaleidoscope and Young People's Centre, Lewisham A10, March/April – "Optimistic Look-out" RSPB Environment and Education Centre, Rainham Marshes Grand Designs, March – Eye Catcher – RSPB Environment and Educatio
Ashley McKenzie is an English judoka competing at the men's 60 kg division. He was a member of the Great Britain Olympic Judo Team at London 2012 but was defeated in the second round by Hiroaki Hiraoka of Japan, he appeared in, made it to the final of Celebrity Big Brother 10 in September 2012. In August 2018, he appeared on the first series of Celebs on the Farm, he was part of the Great Britain Olympic Judo Team at Rio 2016. McKenzie was born in London, he is mixed-race. He was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at an early age. McKenzie was first exposed to judo at the age of 11, when he got into a fight with a boy who stole his Charizard Pokémon card. Determined to get it back he joined the Moberly Judo Club, he got his card back after befriending the boy. McKenzie welcomed his first daughter Lana-Rose McKenzie in July 2017 with girlfriend - fellow Judo player and 3 time European champion Automne Pavia, his achievements include winning gold at the British Open in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015.
McKenzie's first foray into the European U23 Championships in 2009 resulted in a bronze medal win at Antalya. In 2010, he became the second British athlete in history to be crowned an under-23 European champion when he competed in Sarajevo. In 2011, McKenzie earned bronze and gold in the European Cup competitions within Orenburg and Hamburg, respectively, he was the 2011 Judo World Cup champion within Great Britain. He earned bronze at the European Championships 2013 in Budapest. From 2013 to 2014, he was the back-to-back champion of the Pan-American Open in Uruguay. McKenzie would achieve gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he competed at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam 2015 in Tyumen. McKenzie won bronze at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam 2016 in Baku. On 15 August 2012, McKenzie entered the Celebrity Big Brother 10 reality TV series. After 24 days McKenzie finished in fifth place. Complete list at judoinside.com Ashley McKenzie on IMDb Ashley McKenzie website at www.ashleymcKenzie.co.uk
National College for Teaching and Leadership
The National College for Teaching and Leadership was an executive agency of the Department for Education. NCTL had two key aims, to improve academic standards by ensuring there was a well qualified and motivated teaching profession in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the school system. NCTL supported the quality and status of the teaching profession by ensuring that in cases of serious professional misconduct, teachers were prohibited from teaching, it had oversight of teachers' induction and awarded Qualified Teacher and Early Years Teacher Status. In April 2018 the National College for Teaching and Leadership was discontinued, its functions being absorbed by a new Teaching Regulation Agency for the regulation of the teaching profession, by the Department for Education for other matters; the National College for Teaching and Leadership was formed on 29 March 2013, merging the activities of the National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency. NCSL had been established as a non-departmental public body, but become an executive agency of the Department for Education on 1 April 2012.
Established in 2000 as the National College for School Leadership, its physical centre – a learning and conference centre situated in a striking building designed by Sir Michael Hopkins on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham – was opened on 24 October 2002 by Tony Blair. It was known as the Sandhurst of teachers; the NCTL 2015–16 annual report and accounts sets out their key areas of operational delivery as follows: Providing over £210m funding in the form of bursary and salary contributions to initial teacher training providers to meet the teacher trainee recruitment targets. Training and Development Agency for Schools Official website