Student Funding

Figures released in Keys this week shows that the island spent an average of £6,400 per pupil during the year 2019/20.

That means the island spent more per pupil than England and Wales (£6,100) and Northern Ireland (£5,800) but was behind Scotland which spent an average of £7,300.

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘The average spend per pupil in Isle of Man primary schools was £5,500 and £7,400 in secondary schools. The Institute of Fiscal Studies reports for 2019-20 shows that in England the average comparative spend per pupil was £5,200 and £6,000 respectively. Whilst a 2020-21 UK comparison is not yet available, the average spend per pupil on the island has increased to £5,600 in primary schools and £7,600 per secondary school pupil.’

Patient Transfers

It may not be the biggest shock, but last year saw a big drop in the number of patients travelling from the island to the UK. Figures released by the Health Minister show that there were 2,270 return journeys to the UK. This compares to 10,884 and 11,222 in 2020 and 2019. 

NHS England

Sir Simon Stevens is to leave his job as head of NHS England and become a peer, the UK gov has confirmed.  After seven years in the job, he will leave his role at the end of July. Sir Simon had intended to leave sooner but agreed to stay on through last winter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had ‘led the NHS with great distinction’.

You Know Everything Jon Snow

As one of the most recognisable and respected news reporters in Britain, Channel 4’s Jon Snow has seen and done it all and after 32 years at the helm, the UK’s longest serving news presenter is hanging up his mutlticoloured ties. 

In a statement, he said:  ‘I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme. It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.

‘Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years.’

He will leave the show at the end of the year.

One Show

One for my mum here, as Ronan Keating has been confirmed as a permanent co-host of the One Show alongside Jermaine Jenas and Alex Jones. Keating and Jenas have been among the stand-in hosts since Matt Baker left a year ago. From May 10 they will share hosting duties alongside Jones with Keating appearing on Thursdays and Fridays.

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