Leading On - Quality Assurance: Evaluating the curriculum and teaching

Can we accurately and reliably assess the effectiveness of the schools we lead? This session will look at what research suggests about our attempts to evaluate the quality of the curriculum and the quality of teaching. It will also consider the costs of these attempts, and suggest evidence-informed ways to improve standards.

It is understandable that leaders want to know how good their schools are and how effectively the teachers who work in them are doing their job. For a long time, Ofsted expected leaders to be able to point to this sort of information without delay, so judgemental lesson observation, work scrutiny, data monitoring and many other quality assurance activities became deeply embedded in school life.

This session will present the case that these approaches create only an illusion of accuracy and precision, and that they have detrimental side effects. It will present alternative ways of thinking about quality assurance, which are better supported by evidence and more likely to yield positive results.


Participants will:

  • understand what research can reveal about the accuracy of typical quality assurance activities
  • identify the unintended consequences of quality assurance
  • explore evidence-informed ways to create a culture of continuous improvement in schools
There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

The following roles in Secondary, All through, Post-16 / FE, MATs and SATs:

  • Executive Head, CEO, Headteacher/Principal
  • Deputy Head/Vice Principal
  • Assistant Head/Assistant Principal        
  • Aspiring leaders
  • Middle leaders/HODs/Subject Specialists

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure you have access to a computer or device that meets the Zoom system requirements.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.

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Jonathan Mountstevens

Deputy Headteacher, Beaumont School

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