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DfE director Meller’s ‘Presidents Club’ dinner rocked by sexual harassment allegations

A charity fundraising dinner run by a Department for Education director and academy trust founder has been rocked by allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by guests, following an undercover investigation by journalists. A story by the Financial Times, published earlier today, revealed allegations of “groping, sexual harassment and propositioning” of women hired as “hostesses” for the Presidents Club Charity Dinner, which took place at London’s Dorchester Hotel last Thursday. David Meller, a non-executive director at the Department for Education and founder of the Meller Educational Trust who was made a CBE in the new year’s honours list, is co-chair of the charitable trust that runs the event. Nadhim Zahawi, the newly-appointed children’s minister, is also understood to have been in attendance, but left early, according to reports. According to the FT, which sent two reporters to work undercover as hostesses, the 130 women hired to work at the men-only event were “told to wear skimpy black outfits with matching underwear and high heels”. Hostesses “reported men repeatedly putting hands up their skirts, and one “said an attendee had exposed his penis to her during the evening”. Many of the hostesses met by FT journalists were students, “hoping to launch careers...

EEF predicts ‘little or no headway’ in closing attainment gap by 2021

Schools are expected to make “little or no headway” in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off classmates over the next few years, the Education Endowment Fund has warned. Based on last year’s key stage 2 results, the charity predicts that the gap between the Attainment 8 scores of the poorest pupils and their peers will be 11 percentage points in 2021, just as it was in 2017. The same research predicts that the gap in Progress 8 scores between disadvantaged and better-off pupils will actually widen slightly, from 14.8 percentage points in 2017 to 15.6 percentage points in 2021, an increase of around 5.5 per cent. Attainment 8 measures average achievement in GCSE across eight subjects, while Progress 8 measures students’ progress between key stage 2 and key stage 4 in the same areas. Dr Mary Bousted, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union, claimed “the link between social demography and educational destiny has not been broken”. “The government needs to address the root causes of disadvantage as well as provide money for those services beyond schools that support children, young people and families,” she said. The findings from the study, which used key stage 2...

DfE director and apprenticeship group chair Meller’s ‘Presidents Club’ dinner rocked by sexual harassment allegations

A charity fundraising dinner run by a Department for Education director and academy trust founder has been rocked by allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by guests, following an undercover investigation by journalists. A story by the Financial Times, published earlier today, revealed allegations of “groping, sexual harassment and propositioning” of women hired as “hostesses” for the Presidents Club Charity Dinner, which took place at London’s Dorchester Hotel last Thursday. David Meller, a non-executive director at the Department for Education and founder of the Meller Educational Trust who was made a CBE in the new year’s honours list, is chair of the charitable trust that runs the event. Nadhim Zahawi, the newly-appointed children’s minister, is also understood to have been in attendance, but left early, according to reports. According to the FT, which sent two reporters to work undercover as hostesses, the 130 women hired to work at the men-only event were “told to wear skimpy black outfits with matching underwear and high heels”. Hostesses “reported men repeatedly putting hands up their skirts, and one “said an attendee had exposed his penis to her during the evening”. Many of the hostesses met by FT journalists were students, “hoping to launch careers...

Urgent government action needed to save traineeships, AELP claims

Traineeships are in decline and could die without more support from the government, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has warned. Alongside the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden, the body hosted a special Westminster debate on the future of the scheme in Parliament this afternoon. Panel members, including AELP’s chair Martin Dunford and chief executive Mark Dawe, recalled that traineeships were widely supported by the government and the FE sector when they were launched in 2013, but said starts fell from 24,100 in 2015/16 to 20,300 in 2016/17. The most dramatic fall was among 19- to 24-year-olds, dropping by almost a third over the same period from 9,400 to 6,400. The most up-to-date figures will be out on Thursday, and expectations among attendees at today’s debate were low that there would be any sign of a reverse in the trend. Mr Dawe lamented that the “cold hand of government” was destroying what had been a “promising training programme”, and claimed “there is huge latent demand for traineeships that is not being utilised”. “There is a problem with the Education and Skills Funding Agency not having the processes in place to ensure the traineeships gets the funding it needs, and that...