Any child in Redditch who falls behind in maths or English will get the support they need to get back on track as part of ambitious plans announced by the Government.

Launched on Monday (March 28th), the first Schools White Paper in 6 years will see schools identify children who need help, provide targeted support via a range of proven methods such as small group tuition, and keep parents informed about their child’s progress.

The Parent Pledge will support the Government’s Levelling Up mission for education, previously set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, for 90% of primary school children to achieve the expected standard in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and maths by 2030.

The Schools White Paper sets out a series of new measures to support the delivery of these ambitions, including:

  • Schools will offer a minimum school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023
  • Ofsted will inspect every school by 2025, including the backlog of ‘outstanding’ schools that haven’t been inspected for many years
  • By 2030 all children will benefit from being taught in a school in, or in the process of joining, a strong multi-academy trust, which will help transform underperforming schools and deliver the best possible outcomes for children
  • At least £100m to put the Education Endowment Foundation on a long-term footing so they can continue to evaluate and spread best practice in education across the country
  • 500,000 teacher training and development opportunities by 2024
  • £30,000 starting salaries to attract and retain the best teachers
  • Every school to have access to funded training for a senior mental health lead to deliver a whole school approach to health and wellbeing
  • Up to 6 million tutoring courses by 2024 and action to cement tuition as a permanent feature of the school system

As the Government levels up education, schools in Worcestershire will receive £473 million this year – a boost of £33 million.

This funding boost for schools in Redditch and Worcestershire is part of the Government’s £4 billion increase in spending for schools across the country.

The Government has also boosted funding by £1 billion for special educational needs and disabilities – which is a record 13% increase on last year’s funding.

And yesterday (March 29th), the Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper has been published which sets out its vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and care.

The plans to reform the system will be open for a 13-week public consultation, giving families frustrated by the existing, complicated and bureaucratic system of support the opportunity to shape how a new system will work in the future.

Rachel said:

“Ever since I was first elected, I have been fighting to ensure every child in Redditch, no matter their background, has access to a first class education, and this White Paper will ensure young people in our town are given the chance to unlock their potential.

“I would also encourage parents to have their say and take part in the SEND consultation to ensure they help to shape how a new system will work in the future.”