Accountability and Inspection
The revised OFSTED framework for inspecting schools and academies in England came into force in September 2012. The NASUWT believes that OFSTED inspectors should report on achievements and how schools can build pathways to success and will continue to campaign for this model of supportive and developmental inspection rather than the punitive, high-stakes system that currently exists.
Changes to assessment and accountability measures for primary schools and 16-19 provision
The Coalition Government has confirmed a number of changes to the assessment and accountability measures for judging the performance of primary schools and 16-19 provision. The NASUWT will issue guidance to members that take account of these changes. However, the key changes are:
Primary school floor targets
Currently, 85% of pupils are expected to achieve at least level 4 c in English and mathematics. Under the new system, at least 85% of pupils will be expected to achieve a standard closer to the present 4b level.
The Coalition Government has confirmed that grammar, punctuation and spelling test will not form part of the primary floor standard in 2014.
Early years baseline assessment
A new baseline assessment undertaken during reception will be introduced. This will sit within teachers’ broader ongoing assessments of children’s development and progress throughout reception. The reception baseline will be used to assess schools’ progress for children who start reception in September 2016 and beyond. Schools that choose not to use an approved baseline assessment from 2016 will be judged on the 85% attainment standard alone.
From September 2016, the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will no longer be compulsory. The Early Years Foundation Stage will continue to be statutory and the basis for Ofsted inspection of early year settings including children in school nursery and reception classes.
16-19 accountability measures
The performance of all 16-19 providers will be judged using five headline measures of performance. These headline measures include: progress measures; attainment measures; retention measures; English and mathematics progress measures for those who do not achieve good grades at age 16; and destination measures.
Below are the latest statements made by NASUWT on inspection and accountability.