The mention of phonics is very reassuring as a number of influential ministers (not just Minister Nick Gibb) continue to support and promote the need for phonics provision as a major contributor to reading instruction in schools in England. It is just such a pity that political influence in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (that is, the rest of the United Kingdom) is not evident - in great contrast to Nick Gibb's liaison with Australia with regard to the state of play for phonics provision and introduction of a phonics check for infants.
Damian Hinds sets out plans for international education
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The education secretary, Damian Hinds, discussed his ambitious plans for international education this week
Damian Hinds spoke to the higher education sector at an event earlier this week, to promote his ambitions towards the international education sector.
Regarding his proposed International Education Strategy, Hinds said: “Around the world our schools, our universities, our teaching, are all bywords for excellence. We have the best stable of brands in the business, complemented by the gift of the greatest IP asset in history: the English language.
“Few can claim to compete with the extent and longevity of our great educational institutions or the depth and breadth of our cultural heritage.
“I’m always in the market for ideas from other countries; there is no practical limit to what we can learn from each other and so others look to learn from us too.
“Education ministers from around the world want to know about our success with phonics, with school autonomy, and the turnaround story of our state schools especially in this city, London.”