Nicky Morgan today revealed her white paper for education to drive “Education Excellence Everywhere”. Here is everything you need to know:
Looks like we have some sort of recognition about the teacher recruitment problems. The paper says recruiting is becoming more difficult and the government “recognise the challenge is increasing”
1. The National College for Teaching and Leadership will be reformed to reduce costs for schools
2. Simple web tools will be created so schools can advertise vacancies for free on a new national teacher vacancy website
3. Allocation of Initial teaching training (ITT) will be reformed and will be based on need, demand and quality
4. ITT content will also be strengthened to include more subject knowledge and less “unevidenced” material
5. Qualified teaching status will be replaced with a “stronger, more challenging” accreditation. Looks like an expansion of the current portfolio route
6. A commitment to developing the new National Teaching Service
7. A new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development to help schools improve the quality of continued professional development (CPD) will be established. The feasibility of paying teachers to publish their research and CPD on an “open-source” basis will also be looked into
8. Increase teachers’ access to high-quality evidence and support a new, peer-reviewed British education journal.
1. Headteachers, multi-academy trust (MAT) chief executives and other experts will help design new voluntary National Professional Qualifications for each level of leadership. This will “better prepare” leaders in the system. These won’t be mandatory
2. An Excellence in Leadership fund will be set up to help develop more leaders
3. A new national database will be set up to track those involved in governance. The government then “intends to legislate” so they can bar unsuitable individuals from being governors
4. The role of local authorities in education will be defined. They will now ensure every child has a school place, needs of pupils are met and champion parents. They will also step back from maintaining schools and school improvement
A school-led system
These are the conditions that will be created for “excellent heads and teachers to thrive”.
1. The paper confirms what we all knew for the past few days – all schools must become academies by 2022
2. The smallest schools will have to form or join a MAT. But schools that are “successful and sustainable” can become single academy trusts if they want
3. An online Parent Portal will be set up as a “one-stop shop” for informing parents about the school system. This will include a route for parents to complain about their school to the Department for Education and beyond that to a public service ombudsman
4. Looks like local authorities will handed back control of co-ordinating all in-year admissions and appeals
The government will focus on ensuring there is extra support and challenge in areas where schools are failing.
1. There will be 300 more teaching schools and 800 more national leaders of education “where they are most needed”. It will also be incentivised so they reach the most vulnerable schools.
2. “New and better” means for brokering school improvement
3. “We will ensure there are enough strong academy sponsors to transform schools”. Although, it doesn’t say how this will happen
4. Where schools are performing well they will chose their own support. But for underperforming schools that don’t have a plan, the regional schools commissioners will do this on their behalf
The government says every child deserves to leave education with the knowledge and skills and open access to the best opportunities in life.
1. A “world-leading” curricula will be established for academies to build on
2. The National Citizen Service will be expanded so every pupil has the opportunity to take part
3. Publish a strategy for improved careers provision
4. Reform the alternative provision (AP) system so mainstream schools remain accountable for the education of pupils in AP, and schools will be responsible for the quality of commissioning.
1. Ofsted will consult on removing the separated graded judgments on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment to help clarify the focus of inspection is on outcomes
2. New performance tables for MATs will be published
3. Parents will have the “right” information in an “easy-to-navigate” format
4. Schools judged as requiring improvement by Ofsted where a headteachers “steps forward” to lead improvement will not face re-inspection for 30 months – called “breathing space”
5. This will also apply when a poor performing maintained school becomes an academy, a new school opens or a new sponsor is needed to drive further improvement
Resources in the right hands
1. Pledge to continue the pupil premium
2. The government will take a “differentiated and proportionate” approach to financial oversight by making sure schools have access to necessary training, tools and guidance