Last reviewed on 29 March 2022
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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.

New attainment targets

There will be no changes to the National Curriculum until at least 2024.

The white paper sets out new attainment targets, aimed to help pupils across the country achieve in school. It highlights literacy and numeracy as key tenets of achievement.

Primary schools

By 2030, 90% of pupils will achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths by the time they leave primary school.

This aim was set out in the Levelling Up white paper.

Reaching this target will include an assessment of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) reforms.

Take a look at our advice on primary reading audits as the first step to improving your reading provision.

Secondary schools Increase the national GCSE average grade in both English language and maths from 4.5 in 2019 to 5 by 2030. A ‘sample’ of year 9 pupils will also complete an online literacy and numeracy test to ‘estimate performance at a national level’.