The Government has set out its plan to level up opportunity, pledging to significantly increase the number of people completing high-quality skills training and the number of primary school leavers achieving good levels of literacy and numeracy by 2030.
The Levelling Up White Paper details twelve national missions, given status in law, that aim to shift focus and resources to Britain’s forgotten communities. Every part of England will get ‘London style’ powers and mayor if they wish to, and public investment in Research andDevelopment to increase by at least 40% across the North, Midlands, South West, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Education and Skills – key points of the Levelling Up White Paper
- 55 Education Investment Areas (EIAs) will be designated in local authorities in England where school outcomes are currently weakest. These areas, 95% of which are outside London and the South East, will benefit from intensive investment and support, and will be prioritised for new specialist sixth form free schools.
- By 2030, the number of primary school children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths will have significantly increased. In England, this will mean 90% of children will achieve the expected standard, and the percentage of children meeting the expected standard in the worst performing areas will have increased by over a third.
- Local Skills Improvement Plans will be rolled out with funding across England, giving local employer bodies and stakeholders a statutory role in planning skills training in their area, to better meet local labour market needs.
- By 2030, the number of people successfully completing high-quality skills training will have significantly increased in every area of the UK. In England, this will lead to 200,000 more people successfully completing high-quality skills training annually, driven by 80,000 more people completing courses in the lowest skilled areas.
You can find an overview of the Levelling Up White Paper here
You may also like to find out more about the Skills for Jobs White Paper