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Improving school accountability
Friday 14th September 2018
Today the NAHT launches their report on improving school accountability.
There are nine key recommendations:
PUPIL PERFORMANCE DATA
- Comparative performance data should be used by Ofsted to inform
judgements of school effectiveness.
- The DfE should use a 'requires improvement' judgement as the trigger for funded support and as a replacement for floor and coasting standards.
- Ofsted should adopt a new role, focused on identifying failure and
providing stronger diagnostic insight for schools that are struggling.
- The DfE should end the exemption from inspection for previously
'outstanding' schools and commit Ofsted to inspect all schools on a transparent
cycle of inspection.
- The 'outstanding' judgement should be replaced with a more robust system for
identifying specific excellence within the sector, to increase the take-up of highly
effective, evidence-based practice.
- Ofsted should commission research to determine the format and nature of
inspection required, in order to provide reliable judgements and reciprocal
benefits for schools.
- Existing peer review programmes should be evaluated to identify
characteristics of effective practice in order to develop national
- An invitation should be extended to the Chartered College of Teaching, through
the Leadership Development Advisory Group, to produce alternative national
standards for head teachers that better reflect the professional behaviours,
practice and knowledge required for achieving excellence.
- The DfE should extend the career progression strategy to support recently
appointed head teachers in the critical first years of headship.