• Labour refuses to rule out replacing Ofsted

    Labour is “looking at all options” for an overhaul of the school accountability system, including replacing Ofsted. In an exclusive eve-of-conference interview with Schools Week, Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, refuses to rule out scrapping the inspectorate, but does concede there is a need to replace it with a new system to hold schools

    7.00 Sep. 20th, 2019 | LPC, News, Politics

  • Damian Hinds' changes will create an accountability revolution

    The education secretary’s first great act in his new job won’t grab the headlines, but the way he’s simplified who is responsible for what in our schools will prove invaluable, writes Mark Lehain At a glance, Damian Hinds’ various announcements today could seem like mere tinkering. Given the local elections, the mainstream press will probably

    15.17 May. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • NAHT launches commission to investigate school accountability

    The way schools are held to account will be investigated by a new independent commission that seeks to find a “credible alternative” to the system of inspections and league tables – and Ofsted and the DfE have promised to get involved. The commission, which will propose an “alternative vision for the future” of school accountability

    7.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News

  • School performance data: winners and losers

    The Department for Education this week published school-level data on GCSE and A-level results, including Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores. Here, Schools Week looks at the winners and losers from this week’s data dump. A zero-sum game Because of the nature of Progress 8, the national score is designed to be zero. But schools

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2017 | News

  • DfE planning changes to Progress 8 in 2018

    The Department for Education will change the methodology for its Progress 8 accountability measure in 2018, after a consultation revealed school leaders are angry over the “disproportionate” impact of outliers on their overall scores. The changes will be made in response to “feedback from schools about the impact that a small number of pupils with

    11.33 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Why councils should check up on academies

    There is an accountability gap in the new education landscape that council scrutiny committees could help to fill, just as they do in health, says Su Turner. Accountability matters and is well understood within schools between pupils, teachers and parents, as it is between staff, headteachers and governors. The same is not the case, however,

    5.00 Nov. 13th, 2016 | Opinion