Latest Ofsted briefing on education recovery – Friday 8 April 2022

This week I report on Ofsted’s latest briefing on education recovery and publication of updated guidance from the NGA on what governing bodies and school leaders should expect from each other.

Ofsted briefing on education recovery
Ofsted’s latest briefing on education recovery highlights overall clear signs of improvements but casts concern on the impact of high levels of absence on pupil mental health and behaviour. Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said she was “particularly worried about younger children’s development”. The report emphasises the continuing impact on communication and language development as well as the negative implications for children’s personal, social and emotional development.

Updated guidance for governing bodies and school leaders
The 6th edition of the guidance (jointly produced by NGA and the national professional organisations) on what governing bodies and school leaders should expect from each other has been published.

There are now two separate versions: one for governing bodies and headteachers in single schools and federations and another for multi academy trust boards and CEOs. Both versions are focused on ensuring relationships between school leaders and governing boards are as effective as possible, and improve outcomes for children and young people, through:

  • Respecting respective roles
  • Working together to set a strategy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Ensuring your school/trust is a great place to work
  • Making governance effective
  • Ways of working