Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, yesterday outlined the Government’s vision for Education following the budget on Wednesday. The paper Educational Excellence Everywhere was submitted yesterday. The vision is to:
- Raise the status of teachers in the UK
- Give schools the freedom to make decisions and support them in making these decisions
- Focus on education equality across the UK
- Provide knowledge to parents so they can be part of their child’s school-life
The full paper can be viewed here but in summary the main points outlined were:
School Performance and Pupil Support
- Support schools to convert to academies, either on their own or as part of a Multi-Academy Trust, including continued support for building redevelopment
- Simplify the schools admission system
- Redefine the role of the Local Authority to focus on school places, pupil support and parent liaison.
- Identify Achieving Excellence Areas where performance support is needed and look at further support for vulnerable pupils.
- Consultation on grading system used by Ofsted and launch of new performance tables for MATs
- Promote the new Parent Portal to be the source of information and communication for parents, including raising issues and how they can support their child/children.
Teacher Training and Recruitment
- Creation of a new College of Teaching to support teachers and focus on recruitment
- Reform of allocation of teacher training places to maximise places
- Review of training courses and content to apply recent research, knowledge and requirements
- Review current teacher qualifications to be more applicable in the classroom
- Introduction of a new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development
- Development of leadership skills using a new Excellence in Leadership Fund and creation of new National Professional Qualifications
- Incentivising and supporting leaders to work in challenging areas
In reference to the publication Nicky Morgan said:
“These interventions are about making sure the best elements of our education system get to those schools that need them the most”
To read the statement in full go to https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nicky-morgan-educational-excellence-everywhere.