What if… we struck a different balance between school autonomy and regulation?
5:45 pm to 7:00 pm, 13 February 2019
Could we hold a mirror up to teaching practice and school performance, and support their improvement, more effectively than we do now? What might that look like if we started from a blank page?
Jeffery HallUCL Institute of Education20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0AL
Watch the live stream above from 5:45pm on Wednesday 13 February.
The way in which schools are held to account in England, based in inspection and performance indicators that lead off from regular high-stakes testing of pupils, is highly contentious.
The criticisms are many and varied: that the measures don’t provide a valid picture of school performance; that they skew schools’ priorities, in particular, turning schools into ‘exam factories’; that they lead to gaming; that they harm pupil and teacher well-being; that they are contributing to the teacher supply crisis.
Meanwhile, the picture has been further complicated by the advent of multi-academy trusts and questions about the extent to which the accountability system reflects this new terrain. Current measures are intended to drive up standards by providing accountability and transparency. And there is no question that professions and providers need to be held to account.
- Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
- Nick Brook, Deputy General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
- Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor and Head of Content at the Tes
- Natalie Perera, Executive Director and Head of Research, Education Policy Institute
- Chair: Professor Becky Francis, Director of UCL Institute of Education
We will be live streaming this event and the recording will be available here following the event in both video and podcast format. Join the conversation on Twitter at #IOEDebates.