ASCL blueprint proposes that the future of schools belongs in the hands of practitioners

23 September 2014

The Association of School and College Leaders today is publishing a consultation document that proposes a blueprint for putting school leaders in control of improving England’s school system. The Blueprint for a Self-Improving System proposes a vision for 2020 that sees the government taking a much more hands off approach to education and leaving many decisions in the hands of practitioners.

Developed with input from an expert group of individuals from education and industry, the blueprint sets out a number of steps that schools, the government and ASCL can take to move towards a self-improving system. ASCL will discuss the blueprint at all three party conferences as part of a private fringe meeting with MPs, policy formers and party activists.

ASCL President Peter Kent, also head of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby, said:

“There is an important difference between a self-improving system and a school-led system. It is possible that a school-led system is not an improving one. A self-improving system is by definition strongly school-led, with the government legitimately responsible for determining the standards and regulatory frameworks for accountability purposes.

“Education will always be a political priority because of the amount of public money expended on it and because it is the key investment in the nation’s future. We do not believe education should be de-politicised. However, we do see a more strategic role for government. The role of government is perhaps to remove obstacles and create the conditions for a self-improving system. And this will need to involve a commitment from politicians to rethink their relationship with the profession and make room for the next stage in a self-improving system.”