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Improving school accountability

Improving school accountability

Friday 14th September 2018

Today the NAHT launches their report on improving school accountability.

There are nine key recommendations:


  • 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
accreditation arrangements.

  • 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.

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