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6 point summary for the future of your school

How does your school fit in with the government’s five year plan for education?

The government’s latest whitepaper outlines its vision for education for the next five years.  There is a lot of information to take in, and we know how time-poor teachers are. To help you out, we have sifted out the headlines that will affect primary schools.

We have condensed it into more digestible chunks and looked at how it will impact you and your school.  We then suggest a few questions that might help you to prepare for the changes.


The initial publication stated that all schools were to become academies by 2022.  Since then, however, the government has announced a u-turn on this policy.  Schools will no longer be legally required to convert to academy status.

Although there is no legislation planned to force schools to become academies, it is still the government’s intention to convert the majority of schools.  Power is likely to move away from individual schools to Multi-Academy Trusts; clusters of schools, with combined purchasing power, operating models and brands.

Accountability and Performance Data

There will be a greater focus on each school’s performance data and how they measure up nationally.  The DfE intends to trial more efficient ways of collecting data, although it is not yet clear what these will be

Schools will need to have robust and reliable assessment criteria and systems in place for recording evidence of progress in real-time to ensure that their data is reliable.

Questions to consider:

  • Do you have a reliable assessment framework that is mapped to your curriculum?
  • Do you trust the accuracy of your summative data?
  • How could you improve the recording of formative assessment?


Inspectors will no longer assign a grade to the quality of teaching.  Keep in mind, however, that they will still report on the impact of teaching, learning and assessment through the other graded judgements.

This increased focus on outcomes means that schools will need to be able to back up their judgements with hard evidence in order to show that pupils have made progress over time

Questions to consider:

  • Do you have systems in place enabling teachers to quickly and easily record evidence of progress?
  • Does each child have a portfolio of work which can be easily accessed?
  • Does your curriculum and assessment framework show clear milestones for progression, which staff and pupils understand?

Assessment and Curriculum

A number of changes to the curriculum are outlined in the whitepaper.  Those affecting primary schools are: :

  • A multiplication tables check in year 6, with resists in Year 7 for those who have not achieved the expected standard.
  • Recognition for “Building Character and Resilience” in schools & organisations.
  • Plans to reform the provision for PSHE, citizenship and mental health.

Headteachers will need to buy modafinil ensure they can track curriculum coverage ensure that each child receives adequate provision in PSHE.  Schools will need to review their curriculum to ensure that it provides adequate opportunities for children to develop key character traits, and find a way to record pupils’ progress towards them.

Questions to consider

  • Does your current curriculum provide pupils enough opportunity to develop key character traits?
  • How do you know?

Working with Parents

2017 will see the launch of a new Parent Portal. This will set out the key information that a parent will want to know about a school.  The Parent Portal will enable parents to see how their child’s school is performing compared to other schools locally and nationally.

With this in mind, schools will want to ensure that parents are well informed of their child’s progress.

Questions to consider:

  • How effective is your current method of communication with parents?
  • Are parents regularly informed of their child’s progress?
  • How effective is parental engagement?


The DfE aims to improve schools’ financial efficiency by setting out a set of actions to help school leaders improve their buying practices.

Questions to consider

  • If you are linked with another school, do you pool your resources?
  • Have you considered introducing a paperless policy for lesson planning, reporting and assessment?
  • Are resources being shared efficiently?
  • Do you have a system in place for setting cover work to ensure it meets pupils’ needs and does not lead to wastage?

For further advice on curriculum and assessment, have a look at our bank of free whitepapers, or follow us on LinkedIn for regular education news and updates.

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