The 4 questions Sir Michael Wilshaw wants every school leader to answer

There are four key questions all secondary heads and academy trust bosses should be able to answer on demand, Sir Michael Wilshaw has revealed.

The Ofsted chief inspector will this afternoon tell the Association of School and College Leaders annual conference in Birmingham today that school leaders must be able to address “systemic weaknesses” in their schools.

A way of showing this, Sir Michael, will say is by being able to “demonstrate progress” if an inspector “rattles off” four key questions:

  1.  What are you doing to strengthen the Key Stage 3 curriculum?

2.  What are you doing to make sure your most able pupils are being stretched?

3.  What steps are you taking to improve outcomes for your youngsters on free school meals?

4.  How do you ensure that your Year 11 students fully understand the range of career and study options available to them?

The speech follows Sir Michael’s insistence during a hearing of the education select committee on Wednesday that a lack of good leadership was behind many problems faced by schools in England.

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