Schools Bill: Funding remains the elephant in the room

It is funding, not academy status or attendance policies, that will have the biggest impact on helping to raise attainment in schools, it was said this week.

It comes after the Queen’s Speech included basic details of a new Schools Bill that will seek to bring into legislation many of the government ambitions included in the recent education White Paper (DfE, 2022a).

The Bill will include the headline requirement that every school should be part of a multi-academy trust, or on the way to joining or forming one, by 2030.

It will also include plans for all schools to publish at attendance policy, with the Department for Education publishing new attendance guidance this week (DfE, 2022b).

Elsewhere, there will be a mandatory register for children not in school and duties on local authorities to support families which are home-educating their children.

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