Identifying schools for improvement support

22 March 2019

Overall, this consultation is a welcome reflection of the Secretary of State’s positive ambition to reduce the toxicity of the current high-stakes accountability system. In particular, ASCL welcomes the recognition in the consultation that schools have experienced a lack of clarity arising from different organisations holding them to account, sometimes in contradictory ways.

We further welcome the acknowledgement that schools should be offered support in circumstances where pupils’ outcomes need improvement, as opposed to a threat of intervention with the resulting anxiety and workload pressures.