05 June 2015

Inspection is a key part of the accountability system of schools and colleges in England. Accountability is the obligation of an individual and organisation to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. As schools are publically funded organisations, it is right that school leaders and governing boards give an account of their actions and decisions to an independent inspectorate in order to ensure good outcomes for all children and young people in their

The inspectorate’s primary function should be to evaluate the outcomes and assess how school leaders (including governors) account for these. The inspectorate should reach conclusions about the effectiveness of the school. They exercise this responsibility on behalf of parents and children and young people.