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Improving school accountability

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NAHT launched ‘Improving School Accountability’ on 14 September 2018 with an event at the Wellcome Trust.

Scope of the review

Through its work, the accountability commission has sought to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current accountability system through a:

  • review of published data and research on the effectiveness and impact of accountability arrangements in England,
  • consideration of testimony from expert witnesses to the commission.

The commission also considered alternative models of accountability through the:

  • review of international research of the impact of approaches taken in other countries,
  • consideration of transferability of approaches taken to hold professionals to account in other sectors, and
  • testing of alternative proposals against guiding principles, to identify benefits, trade-offs and potential negative consequences of change.

Following a review of the evidence and testimony, the accountability commission will be making recommendations to government.

Membership of the commission

Chair: Nick Brook, NAHT deputy general secretary

Vice-Chair: Sir Robin Bosher

Members: Professor Rebecca Allen, James Bowen, Marie-Claire Bretherton, Sam Butters, Sir Kevan Collins, Sam Freedman, Amanda Hulme, Emma Knights, Andy Mellor, Anne Lyons, Ross Morrison McGill, Dame Alison Peacock, Tim Sherriff, Michael Tidd and Carole Willis. 

For NAHT: Ian Hartwright  and Lydia Vye

Download the report here