Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools said:
“Ofsted’s Annual Report is always a landmark moment in the education calendar. This year, school leaders will be looking to see what Ofsted has to say about funding and workload as well as their plans for the future of inspection.
“Too often, teachers and leaders are put off working in schools in challenging areas because they simply do not believe that the accountability system will treat them fairly.
“NAHT’s research shows the scale of the problem. 77% of school leaders found recruitment a struggle last year, whilst 67% said staff had left for reasons other than retirement. 63% said that they would like a ‘less punitive accountability system’.
“Four fifths of school leaders (79%) are expecting a deficit budget for the 2019/20 academic year. Almost two thirds (65%) strongly agreed that the reductions they have had to make have resulted in a negative impact on the performance of the school.
“So far, Ofsted has not made connection between funding and standards, but the time is surely upon us when they must. An annual health-check of the nation’s education system is incomplete without a view about whether the demands placed on schools can be met within the current financial picture.”
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