18 March 2016 - UK education white paper
The Guardian view on the education white paper: too important to rush
The administration of England’s schools has become incoherent. It’s not only that there is now such a variety of different school structures, free schools, academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools. It is the opacity of their relationship with each other and with the local authority. At secondary level, most schools are now academies, yet the responsibility for ensuring that every child has a school place still rests with local authorities, even though they don’t have powers to insist academies expand. The regional schools commissioners, intended to provide a middle tier of accountability between local schools and Whitehall, were criticised by MPs last month for the confusion and lack of transparency in which they operated. Councils protest at their loss of power and the heavy burden of meeting their costs for the process of turning schools into academies. Ministers complain that standards are still not rising fast enough or uniformly enough. Something, indeed, needed to be done. But not like this.
Richard Johnstone (Public Finance, 17/03/2016)
It proposed that by the end of 2022, local authorities would no longer maintain schools. This change is intended to give children and parents a greater role in holding provision to account, Morgan said.
Following conversion, most schools will be part of multi-academy trusts, which would allow them to share resources, staff and expertise.
Javier Espinoza (The Telegraph, 17/03/2016)
Headteachers are to be given the power to hire unqualified teachers as part of a drive to plug a massive skills shortage, a new paper has suggested.
For example, 'talented' musicians, historian or scientists will be allowed straight into classroom without training after government announces teachers do not need to complete a qualification which up to now has been mandatory in many schools.
Currently, training schemes, like TeachFirst, already take unqualified teachers but for the first time the Government is proposing a policy that will scrap the QTS and replace it with a new and “voluntary” National Professional Qualifications.
Teacher training reform
John Elmes (Times Higher Education, 17/03/2016)
In Educational Excellence Everywhere, the government reaffirms its commitment to moving towards a school-led ITT system, but acknowledges the important role played by higher education institutions in the training of teachers, a move described by one leader of a university group as "long overdue".
"We will reform our allocation of teacher-training places so that ITT is delivered by the best higher education institutions and school-led providers where new entrants are most needed, where places are most likely to be filled, and where training is most likely to be delivered well," the paper says.
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