The Parent Pledge will support the Government’s Levelling Up mission for education, previously set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, for 90% of primary school children to achieve the expected standard in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and maths by 2030.
A second ambition for secondary schools aims to see the national average GCSE grade in both English language and maths increase from 4.5 in 2019 to 5 by 2030.
The Schools White Paper sets out a series of new measures to support the delivery of these ambitions, including schools offering a minimum school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023 and the opportunity for all children to join a strong multi-academy trust.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi MP (Con) explained that the white paper will “deliver for every child, parent and family, living anywhere from rural villages to coastal towns through to the largest cities, by making sure all children have access to a school that meets our current best standards.”
The report notes that teachers in rural communities have explained how many small rural schools have not become part of multi-trust academy groups for fear of losing autonomy and the connection to the local community.
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