Parents To Be Given Key Information On Schools' Performance
Parents are to get a clear, at-a-glance view of how their children’s schools are performing in a series of key measures.
The essential information would be published, in a consistent way, on the front page of the website of every primary school, secondary school, college and school sixth form.
It will mean that parents will be able to get a clear picture of how their children’s schools are performing - and will be able to compare the results of prospective schools and colleges, allowing them to make informed choices about which institution they might attend in the future.
The Department for Education launched a consultation today (6 June) on the proposals, which would come in from 2016.
The highly respected OECD is clear that strong systems of accountability that give parents key information are a key characteristic of high-performing education jurisdictions.
Current guidelines already require schools to publish information on performance. However, where and how this information is presented varies between schools and colleges, making it difficult and time-consuming for parents to find out the information they need. Up until now colleges have not been required to publish evidence of their performance online.
Schools Minister David Laws said:
Under the proposals:
Every year the measure will be automatically updated, reflecting the latest performance statistics, saving schools the onerous task of editing their website.
To ensure the new performance measures feature on all schools and colleges websites, changes will be made to the School Information Regulations setting out that the new headline measures must be published. Changes will also be made to the funding agreements to all 16 to 19 academies and colleges ensuring that the new performance measure features on their website.
The number of schools and colleges downloading the data application which will support the new performance measure will be monitored. This will give an indication of how many schools and colleges are making their performance easily accessible to parents.
Infant schools will be measured on the average progress made by pupils between reception year and when they leave at age 7, with the reception baseline assessment and the teacher assessments in key stage 1 used to show this.
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