What does the Schools White Paper mean for you?
26 November 2010Add to My Folder
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The Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, was released on 24 November – but what does it mean for you?
Schools will be freed from centralised bureaucracy and teachers will be allowed to do what they do best – teach, under plans set out in the Schools White Paper.
‘We are putting teachers in the driving seat of school improvement’, said Education Secretary, Michael Gove.
But primary schools will still be actively encouraged to teach reading in the way that the Government wants – using systematic synthetic phonics – and all schools will be expected to reach new higher standards.
The National Curriculum will be reviewed to reduce prescription and there will be an independent review of Key Stage 2 testing to guard against ‘excessive rehearsal’.
The Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, says that schools have become skilled at meeting government targets but have too often been constrained by directives or improvement initiatives.