Schools white paper 2022: summary

Find out about upcoming and potential policy changes and what they mean for your school. Plans include new attainment targets in literacy and numeracy, an academy-led education system and a drive to increase attendance.

Last reviewed on 7 December 2022See updates
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  1. Plans for an academy-led system
  2. New attainment targets
  3. Attainment interventions
  4. Ofsted inspections
  5. New expectations on attendance
  6. Changes to behaviour guidance 
  7. CPD and leadership opportunities
  8. Academy governance: changes

Plans for an academy-led system

By 2030, all schools will be part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) or will have plans to join or form one. 

There are no current measures to force well-performing schools to become academies.

Find out how academy governance works, and what questions you should ask if your school is planning to join an existing MAT or form a new one.

New statutory interventions for schools consistently rated less than 'good'

From September 2022, maintained schools and academies with 2 or more consecutive Ofsted ratings below 'good' will be in the scope of intervention powers to join an academy trust or change trusts. These powers will initially focus on EIAs, though the plan is that they'll apply nationally.


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