Education for All
Education for All
Posted 25th May 2016
“A Bill will be brought forward to lay foundations for educational excellence in all schools, giving every child the best start in life. There will also be a fairer balance between schools, through the National Funding Formula.” - The Queens Speech, 18th May 2016.
The purpose of this Bill is to:
- Spread educational excellence everywhere, so that all children and young people, regardless of location, prior attainment or background get an excellent education.
- Move towards a system where all schools are academies, and all schools are funded fairly.
- Improve outcomes for pupils who are let down, by fundamental reforms to alternative provision for excluded pupils.
- Deliver the vision that will be set out in the forthcoming Skills Plan through ambitious reform to technical education. These changes will focus on closing the major productivity gap between our economy and other leading economies.
The main benefits of the Bill would be:
- Convert schools to academies in the worst performing local authorities and those that can no longer viably support their remaining schools, so that a new system led by good and outstanding schools can take their place.
- Setting the foundation for a system in which all schools are academies, putting our great school leaders in charge of running and improving schools to improve results.
- Embedding excellence for every pupil, through fundamental reforms to educating excluded children; and reforming technical education through a strong employer-led system with high quality qualifications, which support clear line of sight to skilled employment.
- Meeting the manifesto commitment to make school funding fairer, with fundamental reform to ensure that schools with the same kinds of pupils get the same funding.
The main elements of the Bill are:A school-led system
- Moving towards a system where every school is an academy through powers to convert schools to academies in under-performing and unviable local authorities.
- Making the process of becoming an academy swifter and smoother for schools and local authorities.
- Setting out a new role for local authorities, by shifting responsibility for school improvement from the LA to great headteachers and others in the school system.
- Redressing historical unfairness in school funding through a National Funding Formula which would allocate funding fairly and efficiently.
- Making schools responsible for finding the right provider for their excluded pupils, and accountable for their education.