DFE STRATEGY 2015-2020
DFE strategy 2015-2020 World-class education and care March 2016

The governments structural reforms focused on academisation-giving all schools autonomy to run their own affairs, freed from local bureaucracy-to improve student outcomes, has had patchy results. Many of the most deprived areas are still underachieving and Ministers are keen to breathe new life into the reforms. This week it launched its White Paper and this, its new five year  strategy listing its goals, strategic priorities  and the principles that  will inform its approach well into the future.

Nicky Morgan the Secretary of State says “My vision is to provide world-class education and care that allows every child and young person to reach his or her potential, regardless of background. This document is an overview of my Department’s strategy to 2020 and it outlines how I intend to achieve my vision during this Parliament. It comprises:
• three system goals that the education and children’s social care systems will pursue;
• twelve strategic priorities on which my Department will focus;
• five policy principles that summarise the approach my Department will take – ‘how’ we’ll seek to deliver the priorities”

Safety and wellbeing
All children and young people are protected from harm and vulnerable children are supported to succeed with opportunities as good as those for any other child

Educational excellence everywhere
Every child and young person can access high-quality provision, achieving to the best of his or her ability regardless of location, prior attainment and background

Prepared for adult life
All 19-year-olds complete school, college or an apprenticeship with the skills and character to contribute to the UK’s society and economy, and are able to access high-quality work or study options

Our delivery programme comprises comprises twelve strategic priorities. These are the areas that require the greatest DfE focus and action to better enable our front-line colleagues to deliver the system goals

Strategic Priorities

1. Recruit, develop, support and retain teachers
2. Strengthen school and system leadership
3. Drive sustainable school improvement
4. Embed clear and intelligent accountability
5. Embed rigorous standards, curriculum and assessment
6. Ensure access to quality places where they are needed
7. Deliver fair and sustainable funding
8. Reform 16-19 skills
9. Develop early years strategy
10. Strengthen children’s social care
11. Support and protect vulnerable children
12. Build character and resilience
Our approach can be summarised in five core principles that set out how this government is implementing this ambitious agenda.

Children and young people first
Ensure children and young people, along with their families and carers, are satisfied with the quality of the education and children’s services systems

High expectations for every child
We are unapologetically ambitious for every child and young person, and will ensure there are no forgotten groups or areas

Outcomes, not methods
Set stretching, well-measured outcomes and empower professionals to determine how to
achieve them, through innovative local solutions

Supported autonomy
Align funding, control, responsibility and accountability in one place, as close to the front-line as possible; ensure institutions can collaborate and access the support they need, to set them up for success

Responsive to need and performance
Ensure institutions respond to changing user needs and performance – autonomy can be earned and lost, with our most successful leaders earning their autonomy, extending their influence and vice versa


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