Education excellence everywhere: Forum’s response to the white paper
In March 2016 the government published its white paper – ‘Education excellence everywhere.’ (DfE, 2016). This sets out the government’s policy agenda for schools in England for its term in office through to 2020. As such it is an extremely important document, similar in significance to a ‘The Importance of Teaching’ (DfE, 2010) in which the previous Coalition government set out its agenda for education reform shortly after it came to power in 2010.
Since its publication much of the attention on ‘3Es’ has focused on the government’s stated commitment to ensure all schools are either academies, or in the process of academy conversion, by the time of the next election. It is understandable that this particular policy has been the focus of such attention, but the white paper is about much more than this single policy. It is about the refashioning of the whole school…
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