Delivering a fair start for every child‏ – Sarah Teather on new Schools White Paper

Video also available on YouTube here.

Sarah Teather MP, Minister of State for the Department of Education has just emailed Liberal Democrat party members about the Schools White Paper, published today by the Coalition Government. Sarah Teather writes:

Liberal Democrats believe that a quality education is the biggest opportunity to improve people’s lives. Nothing is more important than giving every child a fair start in life.

Today the coalition government published its white paper on schools – “The Importance of Teaching”. It sets out our ambitious reform programme to raise standards for all children while narrowing the gap between rich and poor.

It shows how the Government is delivering the fair start for every child that we promised in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

The White Paper announced four key reforms –

  • Delivering a Pupil Premium, on top of the budgets that schools already have, to go to every deprived child wherever they live, to allow schools to put extra resources into narrowing the gap in attainment between the richest and the poorest.
    Giving all schools more freedom to make the right choices for their pupils – slimming down the national curriculum, removing bureaucracy and red tape and reducing testing and league tables.
  • Recognising that it is the quality of teaching that really makes a difference in the classroom – expanding graduate teacher programmes like Teach First, developing networks of “teaching schools” and supporting continuing professional development.
  • And, something important to Liberal Democrats, matching school freedoms with a strong strategic role for local authorities in ensuring fairness – in admissions policies, for children with special educational needs, and in championing educational excellence in all schools, including Free Schools and Academies.
  • You can read more about the white paper – and you can watch the video [above] about the pupil premium.

    As part of the consultation process, you can send your views on the white paper to: [email protected] If you have friends or family working in education, please foward this email so they can get involved.

    The Liberal Democrats are delivering in Government the fair start for children we promised.


    Sarah Teather MP
    Minister of State – Department for Education

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    • But what about the cuts to school sport Ms Teather?

    • @Jack

      I understood that rather than being cut, the budget for school sports was merely being unringfenced? So headteachers themselves could decide how best to spend the money for the benefit of their own pupils?

    • @ghm

      that is inaccurate. the funding has been un-ringfenced and then removed. as with the building schools for the future programme which was finally investing in educational facilities fit for 21st century britain. Ms Teather has a peculiar and counterintuitive notion of how to provide the best, fairest start in life to british kids…

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