- Schools Bill to help deliver the government’s ambition to give every child in the country a world-class education, providing the foundation they need to secure future well-paying jobs
- Bill will help schools raise standards, boost attendance and improve child protection wherever they go to school
- The measures will contribute to the government’s central mission of expanding opportunities, improving the country and strengthening our economy.
New laws are due to be unveiled tomorrow to support the government’s ambition to ensure that every child receives a world-class education, no matter where in the country they live.
The Schools Bill is expected to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. It will provide the necessary legislation for the government’s key education reforms and support its central mission to expand opportunity and level the country, driving future economic growth.
Ensuring that every young person receives a good education is at the forefront of the government’s agenda. It’s also in the interest of the whole country, because these young people will have the skills, knowledge and opportunities to realize their future potential, get the good jobs needed to support our economy and fill local skills gaps. .
Through the bill, the government will raise education standards across the country through a range of measures, including helping schools join strong multi-academy trusts, introducing registries for out-of-school children and giving Ofsted more powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally. .
It will contribute to the achievement of the Government’s education upgrading mission – to ensure that 90% of children leaving primary school reach the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics by 2030, by providing the foundation they need to secure well-paying jobs in the future.
To support this, last month the government announced its new promise to parents: if your child is falling behind in English or maths, they will receive the support they need from their school to help them get back on track.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I want every parent across the country to know that their child’s education is at the very heart of this government’s agenda.
“We are committed to raising the standards in our schools so that every child has access to the same opportunities wherever they live, and our brilliant teachers are supported to do what they do best, which is why we are making this week a reality. our ambition in education.
“By giving every child a good education, we’re giving them the opportunity to thrive so they can reach their full potential and get the jobs they need – it’s absolutely vital to our upgrading mission.”
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:
“Our new Schools Bill, alongside the Schools White Paper, will create a school system that works for every child, parent and family, bringing every school up to our current best standards.
“We want every school to be part of an academic trust, allowing teachers to focus on what they do best – meeting the needs of every child. The schools’ approach to attendance is being review to ensure that every child gets every possible hour in class.
“In combination, this work will ensure that every child has access to the education they deserve and help them reach their potential.”
The measures of the bill:
- Support more schools to be part of a strong multi-academy trust.
- Strengthen the regulatory framework for academic trusts, backed by powers to intervene where they fail.
- Introduce a direct national funding formula, so that every school receives funding on an equitable and consistent basis, wherever it is in the country.
- Require schools to publish an attendance policy
- Establish mandatory registers for out-of-school children, so that the system can identify those who are not receiving an appropriate full-time education.
- Impose on local authorities the duty to provide support to home-schooled families, so that no child falls through the cracks.
- Give Ofsted more powers to crack down on ‘unregistered schools’ operating illegally.
- Give the Education Regulatory Agency greater powers to investigate misconduct.
All of this is backed by huge government investment – base school funding will increase by £4bn in 2022/23 compared to 2021/22, representing a 7% increase per pupil. On top of that, £5billion has been invested in the National Tutoring Scheme, providing high-quality remedial tutoring for students who have fallen behind during the pandemic.
Earlier this year, the government also outlined its vision for a post-18 education system that promotes social mobility by giving people more options to study, train, retrain or upskill at any what stage of their life.
In support of this, the Higher Education Bill is also expected to be announced this week, allowing for the introduction of the Lifetime Loan entitlement. This will provide people with a loan equivalent to four years of study (£37,000 in current fees) which they can use throughout their lives for a range of studies, including shorter and technical courses. This could help them get a promotion or a better job.
This is a step change in the way post-18 education is funded and accessed – and combined with government school reforms – will ensure that a great education is available to everyone in this country, regardless of the stage of life they are in.