For busy school leaders, forewarned is forearmed. So we’ve revised the timetable we published at the start of the academic year to indicate, as far as possible, what developments to expect over the coming months.
The major event is likely to be the publication of the White Paper on Education. The Department for Education says no date has yet been set for this, but indications suggest it will be the first three weeks in December. Given the number of announcements planned for that month, this looks like the likeliest scenario.
The Government’s plans for its next education bill are equally opaque, but a single hint on its new transparency website does suggest legislation beginning in January 2011. This would be fast, but not impossible considering the speed of the Academies Bill back in the summer.
Otherwise, the Coalition plans to push forward on its major plans for education: promoting academies and free schools; developing the pupil premium; tweaking teacher training and pay and conditions; tightening up on discipline; developing a new curriculum; developing citizen service for teenagers and relaxing bureaucracy.
Susan Young is an education journalist.
Page Published: 12/11/2010