The early election has left a raft of issues where schools are waiting for government decisions…
Secondary schools trying to plan their curriculum have been frustrated by uncertainty about ministers’ proposals for at least 90 per cent of pupils to take the English Baccalaureate from 2020.
The official consultation closed in January 2016, and the government has yet to publish its response.
Whichever government is elected in June will not be bound by the existing plans, adding more uncertainty to an already unclear picture.
The new national funding formula for schools is due to be introduced from September 2018. Last December, the government gave individual schools an indication of how much money they might receive, and launched a consultation on the details of its plans.
In total, 9,128 schools were set to lose out, compared to 10,740 that were set to gain.
The consultation closed on 22 March, and headteachers who are planning for their school’s financial futures are waiting to hear the outcome.
Independent and faith schools
The headlines about the government’s recent Schools that Work for Everyone consultation focused on plans for new grammar schools, but independent and faith schools also have a lot riding on the outcome.
The former could see their tax breaks under threat if they do not satisfy the government that they are contributing enough to the state sector.
Faith free schools could be allowed to select all their pupils on the basis of their faith, rather than the current 50 per cent.
Last month, the government launched its long-anticipated consultation on changes to primary assessment.
The proposals include scrapping tests for six- and seven-year-olds, as well as introducing an assessment in reception in order to measure future progress.
The consultation is not due to end until after the election, on 22 June.
Ordinary working families
Only last week, the government launched a consultation on measuring the needs of pupils from “ordinary working families”.
The consultation is closely tied to its proposals to create new grammar schools, and making sure children from “just managing” families benefit.
Like the primary assessment consultation, it closes after polling day, this time on 30 June.