What I have learned about school improvement

Ros McMullen: Things I've learned and things I'm learning

It is not the same thing as a dramatic improvement in results.

It is possible to effect a dramatic improvement in a school’s results and our accountability system puts demands on our most vulnerable schools to do this.  OFSTED inspections rely very heavily on published data and inspection outcomes are extremely high stakes for school leaders and governing bodies.  I have heard so many times from inspectors “All the right things are being done in this school but unfortunately it is RI because the impact is not yet showing in data”.  Despite HMCI clearly stating that leadership and management can be good while data is not yet good, I have yet to experience this playing out in practice.  So ………. schools are therefore encouraged by the accountability system to ‘throw everything at Year 11’.  In practice these are some of the things that we see happening:

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