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The Education for All Bill - A Message from Pete Dudley

The Education for All Bill - A Message from Pete Dudley

The Education for All Bill - A Message from Pete Dudley

20 May 2016

Proposals in the Bill

The Queen’s Speech on 18 May confirmed the legislative programme for the new parliamentary session. As anticipated, this included a Bill ‘Education for All’, which progresses many proposals outlined in the Government’s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. The Bill is divided into three main elements as follows:

A school-led system

Moving towards a system where every school is an academy through powersto convert schools to academies in under-performing and unviable local authorities

Making the process of becoming an academy easier for schools and local authorities.

Shifting responsibility for school improvement from local authorities to heads and others in the school system.

Fair-funding

Establishing a new National Funding Formula.

Excellence for every pupil

Making schools responsible for finding the right provider for their excluded pupils, and accountable for their education.

The Bill also addresses changes to technical education.

Initial Comments

While the Government is no longer proposing that by the end of 2020 all schools will be academies, the Bill still includes proposals for moving towards an academised school system. We therefore remain concerned that the Bill’s proposals for academy conversion continue to pose a risk to Camden’s high performing schools. The Government has undertaken to consult on the arrangements for converting schools to academies (in particular thresholds for ‘under-performing’ and ‘unviable’ local authorities). We will respond to this consultation, seeking to protect the best interests of Camden’s schools.

The Bill also progresses proposals that s chool improvement will transfer from local authorities to schools and system leaders. These proposals were largely anticipated by the current work to establish the Camden Learning (CL) as a not for profit schools company (providing a legally recognised vehicle to drive school improvement collaboration). We will continue to work with Camden’s schools to limit any adverse impacts and to ensure our collective focus on school improvement continues though the CL.

The Bill will include a new National Funding Formula. We have already responded to an initial government consultation on this, outlining the challenges for Camden. We will continue to monitor and input on development of the National Funding Formula.

At this stage much of the further details and timing for progressing the Bill’s proposals (and the associated academies consultation) is unknown. We will continue to monitor this and update you as appropriate.

Yours

Pete

Peter Dudley

Director of Education


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