12 April 2016
Following the Chancellor's announcement in his budget statement of 16 March 2016 and the subsequent publication of the Secretary of State for Education's White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, the House of Commons has published a briefing paper Every School an Academy The White Paper Proposals
As background, the White Paper proposes that local authorities would no longer maintain schools, and an all academy system would be created. The proposed system would include:
• Most schools becoming part of multi-academy trusts (MATs)
• A reformed role for local authorities, focusing on duties such as ensuring sufficiency of school places, supporting vulnerable pupils, and acting as a champion for parents
• A new legal framework for an all academy system
Other reforms, such as a move to a more skills-focused school governance system, and changes to the transfer of land when community schools convert to academy status, are included in the White Paper. Significant reforms to school improvement and accountability are also proposed.
The briefing provides an overview of the Government's proposals, together with some initial reaction to the White Paper.
You may also be interested in ASCL PD's series of half-day seminars What the White Paper means for you and your school, delivered across the country during May and June.