Following the successful launch of NAHT's accountability commission's report, 'improving school accountability', at an event hosted by the Wellcome Trust, NAHT has been on the road with TES and the Education Policy Institute to take our findings and recommendations to fringe events at the party conferences.
Last week, a packed Labour fringe event addressed the question 'national education service: is the system safe in head teachers' hands?' and saw NAHT deputy general secretary Nick Brook, Dame Alison Peacock, Lucy Powell MP, head teacher Ros MucMullen and campaigner Melissa Benn engage in a positive debate chaired by TES editor Ann Mroz.
Earlier this week at the Conservative fringe, the question was 'school standards matter: is the system safe in head teachers' hands?' Around the table were Nick Brook, secretary of state Damian Hinds, Mark Lehain (New Schools Network), Rachel Wolf (Public First), Dame Alison Peacock and Ros MucMullen with Ed Dorrell (TES deputy editor) in the chair. Damian Hinds commented that the contributions of Nick Brook and Ros MucMullen were worthy of a 90-minute fringe of their own.
You can follow the reaction to each event using the hashtag #ImprovingAccountability
Watch a live stream of the Conservative fringe event.
The positive reception that 'improving school accountability' has received is very encouraging because our commission's report is intended to be a serious, constructive and helpful contribution to resolve the unintended consequences, perverse incentives and negative drivers of the current accountability system.
We believe we have identified a workable way forward. There is an opportunity for agency and ownership over accountability by the profession itself. It is up to us to make that a reality, so that we can build the profession that we wish to work in.
Read our 'improving school accountability' report and get involved with your branch to support our recommendations.
First published 14 October 2018