ASCL responds to research showing parents favour inspection reform

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Public First research, commissioned by the Laidlaw Foundation, finding that parents and teachers want a more transparent, well rounded and less high stakes accountability system in schools.
“It is clear from this research that parents support what we’ve been calling for – reform to inspections, and an accountability system and funding which support a broader curriculum offer. 

“The use of single-word or phrase judgements in Ofsted inspections is brutal and counterproductive. This must end and there is no reason why the government cannot act immediately. It should do so. 

“Government GCSE reforms and the use of performance tables to drive traditional academic subjects have placed too much pressure on young people and have been at the expense of other subjects such as the creative arts. 

“The system needs to be rebalanced and we must do better in particular for the ‘forgotten third’ of young people who fall short in maths and English each year.