Is school accountability only for the benefit of lazy parents?

Educating Brentwood

Fellow parents, I am delighted to announce that, thanks to a bold new initiative from the Department for Education (DfE), we are being empowered!

The DfE are now consulting (by which they mean giving notice of inevitable change) on a requirement for all schools to install a “widget” on their website that will mean that “key performance data” is displayed on the front page in traffic light form.

All visitors will be able to judge at a glance whether the school is any good or not. No need for any context. Don’t bother reading any further. This will allow you to choose the best school for your child and, if you are unfortunate enough to find that your school is not “performing” as well as the local grammar, you can now demand to know why.    

Or perhaps I’ve misunderstood the consultation’s introduction from Schools Minister David…

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