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What are NAHT's recommendations for improving accountability?

On Friday 14 September, NAHT launched its ‘Improving School Accountability’ report. The report contains nine key recommendations for creating better conditions for holding schools to account.


1) Comparative performance data should be used by Ofsted to inform judgements of school effectiveness.

2) The DfE should use a ‘requires improvement’ judgement as the trigger for funded support and as a replacement for floor and coasting standards.


3) Ofsted should adopt a new role, focused on identifying failure and providing stronger diagnostic insight for schools that are struggling.

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) Ofsted should commission research to determine the format and nature of inspection required, in order to provide reliable judgements and reciprocal benefits for schools.


7) Existing peer review programmes should be evaluated to identify characteristics of effective practice in order to develop national accreditation arrangements.

8) 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.

9) The DfE should extend the career progression strategy to support recently appointed head teachers in the critical first years of headship.

Read the full report here

First published 14 September 2018