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Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All

The Schools White Paper, Opportunity for all: Strong Schools with great teachers for your child sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential.

Any child who falls behind in maths or English will get the support they need to get back on track. Schools will identify children who need help, provide targeted support via a range of proven methods such as small group tuition, and keep parents informed about their child’s progress.

The Parent Pledge will support the government’s Levelling Up mission for education, previously set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, for 90% of primary school children to achieve the expected standard in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and maths by 2030. In 2019, only 65% of children achieved this standard, with the covid pandemic exacerbating challenges despite the incredible work of parents and teachers during this time.

A second ambition for secondary schools aims to see the national average GCSE grade in both English language and maths increase from 4.5 in 2019 to 5 by 2030.

The Schools White Paper sets out a series of new measures to support the delivery of these ambitions, including:

  • Schools will offer a minimum school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023
  • Ofsted will inspect every school by 2025, including the backlog of ‘outstanding’ schools that haven’t been inspected for many years
  • By 2030 all children will benefit from being taught in a school in, or in the process of joining, a strong multi-academy trust, which will help transform underperforming schools and deliver the best possible outcomes for children
  • At least £100m to put the Education Endowment Foundation on a long-term footing so they can continue to evaluate and spread best practice in education across the country

If achieved, the wider benefits of pupils in 2030 meeting the Key Stage 2 and GCSE ambitions are estimated to be worth at least £30 billion each for the economy.

SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper

The Department for Education has published its green paper on SEND and alternative provision – right support, right place, right time. The online consultation closes at 11:45pm on 1 July 2022 and can be submitted here.

You can read the government press release here.

Professional development and support to help schools develop their leadership, staff and curriculum, so they can improve their results and performance.

General Teaching Practice

Support, training and resources to help schools and individuals improve teaching practice and classroom management, as well as help with reducing teacher workload.

School Workload Reduction Toolkit

Get school-led support to use evidence to improve teaching practice

System Leadership

System leaders include teaching school hubs, teaching school, national leaders of education (NLEs), national leaders of governance (NLGs), local leaders of education (LLEs), specialist leaders of education (SLEs).

Pupil premium reviews: a guide for system leaders

Get school-to-school support from system leaders

Governance

Support available to schools and academy trusts to help them strengthen their governance, including the recruitment of governors and board members, professional development for governors and clerks to governing boards, and support from national leaders of governance.

Get help to recruit board members for large or growing MATs

Find volunteers to become school governors and trustees

External reviews of governance: what's involved

School Resource Management

Information, tools, training and guidance to help schools and multi-academy trusts with financial planning and resource management is also available at School resource management.