29 April 2019
ASCL currently represents 32 school leaders on Guernsey. This places the association in a strong position to consider this issue from the viewpoint of school leaders.
ASCL welcomes the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture’s consultation on the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s Draft Inspection Framework. As an association, we have long argued for intelligent, proportionate accountability. In keeping with our support for Ofsted’s broad direction of travel in England, we believe the proposed framework for Guernsey is right to focus on the quality of education.
In particular, we note there is no plan to introduce an overall effectiveness grade because the use of such a grade in England has, according to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, “tended to place too much weight on test and exam results, increasing workload and pressure on teachers and detracting from the importance of what children are learning and how well they are progressing.” We strongly support this decision and share the Committee’s concerns about the distorting influence of overall effectiveness grades as used in England.