Schools white paper 2022: summary

Find out about upcoming policy changes and what they mean for your school or trust. Plans include new attainment targets in literacy and numeracy, an academy-led education system and a drive to increase attendance.

Last reviewed on 27 May 2022
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Contents
  1. Plans for an academy-led system
  2. New attainment targets
  3. Attainment interventions
  4. Ofsted inspections
  5. New expectations on attendance
  6. Changes to behaviour guidance 
  7. CPD and leadership opportunities
  8. Trust leaders: changes to trust management

Plans for an academy-led system

By 2030, all schools will be part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) or will have plans to join or form one. 

There are no current measures to force well-performing schools to become academies.

New statutory interventions for schools consistently rated less than 'good'

From September 2022, maintained schools and academies with 2 or more consecutive Ofsted ratings below 'good' will be in the scope of intervention powers to join an academy trust or change trusts. These powers will initially focus on EIAs, though the plan is that they'll apply nationally.

This plan is still subject to parliamentary approval and the results of a consultation. The consultation has now closed, but you can still read about the details of the proposed changes.

The government's implementation plan for the 2022/23 academic year sets out plans to begin this process through an area-based approach, starting in