Please note: The change in government means that some of the initiatives discussed on this page may no longer reflect government policy and may be subject to change as the new Government forms its policies.
- The National Strategies were introduced by the previous Government in 1998 and were due to be discontinued however the current Government have not yet indicated how they will proceed.
- The aim of the Primary Framework was to support and increase all children’s access to excellent teaching, leading to exciting and successful learning.
- The Secondary National Strategy for school improvement was part of a major programme for transforming secondary education to enable children and young people to attend and enjoy school, and achieve personal and social development.
- The programmes provide a mix of resources and services that support improvements in the quality of learning and teaching in schools, colleges and early years settings. A key aim is to help these educational settings raise children’s standards of attainment and improve their life chances.
A report on the impact of the National Strategies, published in February 2010
- identified lessons from programmes ranging from literacy and numeracy, to pupil behaviour and the development of a more highly skilled workforce.
- noted that almost all the schools visited considered that the National Strategies had contributed to improving the quality of teaching and learning, including the use of assessment by tracking, and they valued their training and support materials.
- but warned that the frequent introduction of new initiatives led to overload and diminished their potential effectiveness. Evaluation of the impact of the National Strategies’ many programmes was also a weakness at national and local level.
- Archived details of National Strategies through the Department for Education
- The impact of the National Strategies in education Ofsted website.