The Queen’s Speech – a view on education

In what Boris Johnson MP described as “the most radical Queen’s Speech in a generation to deliver on the priorities of the British people,” Her Majesty The Queen officially outlined the government’s agenda for the next five years at the State opening of parliament last week. We’ve rounded up some of the key points to take away from the world of education:

  • A great education is fundamental to the success of children, their families and our communities, as well as the success of our country.
  • The Government is giving schools a multi-billion pound boost, investing a total of £14 billion more over three years, on top of £4.5 billion for teacher’s pensions. Overall, that translates to £150 million a week. The core schools budget will be £7.1 billion higher in 2022-23 compared to this year.
  • Every school will have more money for every child and the government will level up minimum per-pupil funding for secondary schools to £5,000, and primary schools to £3,750 next year, and £4,000 the year after.
  • From next year, all local authorities we be legally required to deliver the minimum per-pupil funding in their local area. And that will be an important first step towards delivering this funding directly to schools, through a single national formula, so that it is fair and equitable for every school in the country.
  • It is vital to ensure that the pay offer for teachers is positioned at the top of the graduate labour market – ensuring UK schools recruit and retain a world class profession – and that is why plans have been announced to significantly raise starting pay to £30,000 nationally by September 2022.
  • The Government will continue to expand the successful free schools programme, promoting choice, innovation and higher standards to kick-start wider improvement.
  • The Government wants to bring renewed focus to further and technical education, and will ensure that the post-16 education system enables young people and adults to gain the skills required for success and to help the economy - This means an extra £400 million for 16-19 year-old education next year, an increase of 7 per cent overall in 16-19 year-old funding and the biggest injection of new money in a single year since 2010.
  • There will also be additional investment in T Levels, supporting continued preparation for these courses with the first three starting from September 2020.
  • The Government will invest an additional £3 billion over the course of this Parliament to support the creation of a ‘National Skills Fund’.
  • The Government will invest £1.8 billion over five years in a rebuilding programme to upgrade the entire further education college estate.
  • The Government are also planning to establish 20 Institutes of Technology across England- unique collaborations between further education colleges, universities, and employers –– offering higher technical education and training in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, to give people the skills they need for key sectors such as digital, construction, advanced manufacturing and engineering.
  • The Government is committed to making sure higher education funding reflects a sustainable model that supports high quality provision, maintaining the country’s world-leading reputation for higher education and delivering value for money for both students and the taxpayer.
  • The Government will ensure that our universities are places where free speech can thrive, and will strengthen academic freedoms.
  • The Government wants to ensure we deliver better value for students in post-18 education, have more options that offer the right education for each individual, and remove barriers to access for disadvantaged young people.
  • The Government is considering the thoughtful recommendations made in The Augar Review of post-18 education very carefully.
  • The Government will boost Ofsted inspections so that parents can be confident they have the fullest picture of quality at their child’s school. There will be a consultation on lifting the inspection exemption so that outstanding schools are too inspected routinely.
  • To ensure children are getting an active start to life, The Government will invest in primary school PE teaching and ensure that it is being properly delivered. The Government wants to do more to help schools make good use of their sports facilities and to promote physical literacy and competitive sport.
  • The Government will establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare, including before and after school and during the holidays - The funding will go to schools and childcare providers to open up more options to families with the ambition that 250,000 more primary school children get access to onsite childcare over the summer holidays. 
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Matthew Burton is the head teacher at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury and appeared on Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire. Matthew has written for NCFE about making pivotal curriculum decisions on behalf of learners.