5th May 2022
On 28th March the Government published the Policy Paper ‘Opportunity for all: Strong schools with great teachers for your child’.
The Schools White Paper, the first in six years, is intended to demonstrate how the education system can deliver on the government’s priority to level up across the country.
The White Paper sets out proposed reforms to the education system focussed on a number of key areas:
The policy paper includes a number of staffing related commitments including:
Some of the most high-profile headlines around the content of the White Paper have concerned its proposals around academisation.
A fully trust led system is proposed with a single regulatory approach, a government review is planned this summer to look in detail at the accountability and regulation of MATs. The intention is for all schools to be in or moving towards multi-academy trusts (MATs) by 2030. It is envisaged that strong trusts continue to grow, and new trusts are established, including trusts established by local authorities where few strong trusts exist in the local area for schools to join.
The DfE has stated it will not convert schools to standalone academies but will consider bids for high-quality free schools to open initially as standalone trusts. DfE research as shown that trusts typically start to develop central capacity when they have more than 10 schools so the expectation is that by 2030 most trusts will be on a trajectory to either serve a minimum of 7,500 pupils or run at least 10 schools. The DfE does not intend to set a maximum size on any trust, but do plan to limit the proportion of schools in the local area that can be run by an individual trust.
You can view the full policy paper on Gov.uk.