The first education white paper since 2010 has been released by the government today. But what does it actually say?

I spent this morning picking through the 128 pages of ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ to find what the government is saying it will do. Small projects that were already announced have not been included. Likewise anything which was a vague aspiration rather than something concrete and feasible.

Here’s what we found:

 

1.  Reform the National College for Teaching and Leadership

2.  Create web tools enabling schools to advertise jobs (& new national website)

3.  Reform allocation of teacher training places

4.  Strengthen ITT content

5.  Replace QTS with a stronger, more challenging accreditation

6.  Develop new National Teaching Service

7.  Ensure there is a sufficient supply of high quality CPD provision

8.  Introduce a new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development

9.  Examine feasibility of incentivising teaching schools to publish their research and CP on an ‘open source’ basis

10. Support” college of teaching, peer-reviewed journal, and EEF

11. Design new voluntary National Professional Qualifications for leaders

12. Rebalance incentives in the accountability system to help challenging schools including Progress 8 AND giving taken-over schools THIRTY months before an Ofsted

13. Implement fair national funding formulae

14. Launch a new Excellence in Leadership Fund for best multi-academy trusts

15. For governors: “provide clearer info” about schools, “establish national database” of governors & bar “unsuitable” ones

16. Take new powers to direct schools to become academies

17. Launch a new online Parent Portal and new league tables site

18. Guidance on academy complaints, easier for parents to do so via DfE/ombudsman

19. Consider how parents can petition RSCs for their school to move to a different MAT

20. Streamline admissions objections and relax sixth-form admissions procedure

21. 300 new teaching schools & 800 more National Leaders of Education (NLEs)

22. If academies can’t organise school improvement support, RSC will do it and have an Intervention Fund to help

23. Teaching schools to be based on data (not Ofsted) and funding “better targeted”

24. Establish new and better means of brokering school improvement

25. Target a range of interventions toward Achieving Excellence Areas

26. Support schools to expand evidence-based, character-building activities & tracking

27. Publish a strategy for improved careers provision for young people

28. Reform alternative provision & make schools more accountable for excluded pupils

29. Ofsted will consult on removing graded judgments on quality of teaching, learning and assessment

30. Reduction in using Ofsted grades for choosing system leaders, teaching schools, etc

31. League tables for multi-academy trust performance measures

32. Improve effectiveness of pupil premium spending

33. RSCs able to “commission a pupil premium review

34. Tools for improved school efficiency/budgets & offer financial health checks

35. Remove requirement for parent governors

36. Agree an understanding with church regarding relationship with commissioners

37. Redesign legal framework for academies/LAs (this means a new education bill)

 

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