EPC is the division within the PA which looks after the interests of educational publishers. Headed up by Director Graham Taylor, it is served by a Board representing twelve major publishers and around a dozen subject panel groups.
Representing over 80% of market turnover, EPC has a crucial role to play in making a wide range of high quality resources available to schools and FE colleges throughout the UK. These resources can help implement government policy initiatives, from the Literacy and Numeracy strategies and revised National Curriculum of New Labour to the academy plans and curriculum reform proposed by the Lib-Con coalition.
To ensure that links with government stay close, EPC keeps in regular touch with bodies including the Department for Education, Ofsted and Ofqual, acting as a conduit for timely information exchange between publishers and power brokers. EPC task groups mobilise in rapid response to policies as they develop where needs be. To show what a strong, diverse educational publishing sector can offer, EPC underpins its efforts with market research and the collection of statistics.
An annual AGM in the summer is open to all PA members; do contact Graham Taylor or Nicola Swann if you'd like to know more. Any suggestions for site development will be warmly received!
- Lib-Con coalition: the new administration ushered in Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education and the Department for Education in place of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Significant initiatives that will impact the market for learning resources have rolled out of the new Department since, including a White Paper, an Education Bill, a new metric (the eBacc) and a major review of the national curriculum. EPC continues to monitor developments.
Invest in Results campaign: click through for detail of EPC's current advocacy campaign, inspired by a study showing that schools that spend more than average on professionally-published resources improve faster than schools that spend less. Work to capitalise on this message continues.
EPC Digital Group reforms: an EPC Digital Group chaired by Steve Connolly of Hodder Education has re-formed in anticipation of new challenges in a changed technological environment; the White Paper was silent on digital strategy, and Becta is no more.