A bumpy ride ahead
So no surprises there then. Critics of the agreement will no doubt point the finger alleging complacency, on the usual basis that there are no radical initiatives when compared with moves south of the border.
Schools will know differently. Cuts in class sizes, the recruitment of 3,000 more teachers, a review of the curriculum, an overhaul of assessment, the targeting of underperforming schools and greater financial powers for headteachers can hardly be described as a timid agenda. But what schools will also want to know, as our columns have illustrated in recent weeks, is who is in charge of all these initiatives, what the priorities and time-scales are intended to be, whether there are any costs involved and how teacher workload will be affected.
Initiatives drawn up to make coalition government workable may be "cobbled together" in backrooms (probably smoke-free these days) or represent the outcome of the people's will, depending on one's point of view. The trouble is somebody has to put them into effect and schools will face a bumpy ride if they are expected to put flesh on the bones of all the skeletal "priorities" agreed this week.