Free Governors webinar on monitoring the quality of education – Friday 13 September 2019

This week I highlight a free webinar on how Governors can monitor the quality of education judgement under the new inspection framework, information on how the DfE is now measuring primary school accountability, a consultation on possibly extending academies insurance arrangements to maintained schools and confirmation of DfE ministerial portfolios.

Free Governors webinar: Monitoring the Quality of Education
On Thursday 26 September 2019 from 8-9 a.m. Governors for Schools will be hosting a webinar looking at how governors can provide effective and targeted oversight in light of Ofsted’s key judgement on the quality of education under the new inspection framework.

They will consider the main areas of focus under this new judgement, and the questions governors should be asking to assure themselves of the school’s readiness for inspection under the new, broader criteria. If you would like to sign up for the webinar please use this link to register.

Primary School Accountability in 2019
The DfE is changing the way it measures primary school accountability from September this year. The latest technical guide outlines some significant changes, starting with the removal of the floor and coasting standards and a new support offer for schools that were identified as ‘requires improvement’ in their latest Ofsted report.

It has also outlined the headline measures, which will be published in the performance tables in December 2019, include attainment and progress measures. These are:

  • The percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at the end of KS2.
  • The pupils’ average scaled score in reading and in maths at the end of KS2.
  • The percentage of pupils who achieve at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths.
  • The pupils’ average progress in reading, writing and maths.

The progress measure is a school-level accountability measure, meaning that individual pupils’ progress is only calculated to determine the school’s overall progress score, separate progress scores are calculated for reading, writing and maths.

A school’s progress score for a subject is the mean average of its pupils’ progress scores in that subject and these are allocated for reading, writing and maths.

Extending the RPA to Local Authority Maintained Schools
The DfE is seeking views on extending the self-insure arrangement currently operational for academy trusts to the local authority sector so that the sector can benefit from the financial savings academy trusts have attained through membership of the Risk Protection Arrangements (RPA).

The consultation ends in early November and the findings will then be considered with a view to rolling out the RPA to all LA maintained schools in England if there is a valid basis for doing so.

Ministerial portfolios confirmed at the DfE
On Wednesday the Government confirmed Michelle Donelan as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, as Chris Skidmore returns as joint Minister of State for the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.