Schools white paper plans to give every child the support they need in education

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has set a plan in the Schools White Paper  promising strong schools with great teachers for every child. ‘White papers’ are formal plans from Government that set out proposals for future legislation before being decided upon by parliament.

The government says The Schools White Paper plans are ambitious, wide ranging and affect every stage of school-age education.

Here we highlight what the key proposals will mean for teaching and you can read the full article here in the education Hub

The Schools White Paper Mission

By 2030, 90% of children will leave primary school having achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, up from 65% in 2019.

That means more pupils will be equipped to flourish in secondary school where expectations have also been raised including an increase in the national GCSE average grade in both English Language and in Maths from 4.5 in 2019 to 5 by 2030.

How will they achieve this?

The school day

They plan to introduce a minimum expectation for the length of the school week of 32.5 hours (the current average) for all mainstream state-funded schools.

Improving behaviour

Supporting teachers to develop their expertise in managing pupil behaviour and wellbeing through a fully funded National Professional Qualification in Behaviour and Culture.

Continuing to help head teachers use the full range of powers available to them – like suspensions and exclusions – appropriately where they have to, so they are more confident to take action where necessary.

Boosting attendance

Subject to the results of an ongoing consultation, they will introduce new legislation to create new statutory guidance on attendance, including a requirement for every school to publish a clear attendance policy to improve support. By setting clear expectations for staff, pupils, and parents they will know what processes should be followed in cases of absence and what support should be offered.

Every child who falls behind in English or maths will get the right support to get back on track

This includes assessing and monitoring pupils’ progress in English and Maths and drawing on high quality evidence-based interventions to help them to catch up when they are behind. Schools will tell parents about their child’s progress and how they can also support their child’s learning at home.

They expect tutoring will be a key way schools will deliver targeted support and have invested £1 billion to establish the National Tutoring Programme, financially incentivising schools to provide tutoring so that tutoring is embedded in every school. They will deliver up to 6 million tutoring courses by 2024, which when combined with tutoring for young people aged 16-19 equates to around 100 million hours of tutoring.


Reforming the SEND and children’s social care systems

Providing 34,000 additional specialist or alternative provision places. As part of that we will deliver new special and alternative provision free schools.

Investment in Initial Teacher Training

They will deliver 500,000 teacher training and development opportunities across Initial Teaching Training, the Early Career Framework and National Professional Qualifications by 2024.

Schools will be able to have a trained literacy expert through a new National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy. And they will make sure every child starts schools with a firm foundation of literacy and numeracy through a new National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leaders, and up to £180m investment in the early years’ workforce, including literacy and numeracy training for early years practitioners.

Teacher pay increases

Teacher starting salaries are set to rise to £30,000, and they will provide further incentives to those who work in schools with the most need. We have also proposed that experienced teachers and leaders receive their highest pay rise in over 15 years.

To read the details of the Schools White Paper please click here

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