Our accountability system for schools needs urgent reform

For many heads and teachers, Ofsted has become untrusted and toxic. It is widely believed to be the source of unnecessary pressure in schools and was allowed to become, mistakenly in my view, too closely linked to the process of forced academisation, says Fiona Millar in Teachwire.

On the other side of the argument are others like me, with memories extending back to life before parent choice and accountability.

We worry that, without an entitlement to basic national standards across the country, we could slip back to an era when primary schools like the one my children attended were allowed to fall through the net and offer what was a shockingly poor standard of education.

The flaw in the idea of abolishing Ofsted is that no one has yet come up with a watertight alternative which would guarantee standards and give parents what they have come to expect. Does such a thing exist?

What if that vision changed, towards a broader curriculum encompassing vocational and academic, personal wellbeing and inclusion?

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