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New accountability system introduced for schools

28/03/2014 Joanna
The government is launching a new accountability system it claims will raise standards in schools.

Focused on the progress made by every youngster aged between four and 16, it will make schools and colleges accountable for ensuring every child has a high literacy level and good maths skills. 

It is designed to ensure all children leave school able to compete for apprenticeships, places at leading universities and good jobs.

More rigorous tests and qualifications are to be introduced, with a high quality of teaching ensured for all pupils and a strong emphasis on the core subjects of English and maths.

Under the changes, schools and colleges will be required to publish details of the essential information relating to their performance, in order to give parents an overview of pupils' progress and grades achieved. 

The reforms will apply to primary schools, secondary schools and colleges and sixth forms. 

Primary schools will publish details of pupils' progress from four to 11, along with the proportion of pupils reaching the demanding new standard at age 11 and the proportion of children classed as 'high-achieving'.

Secondary schools are to show details of students' progress from 11 to 16, with their average grade across eight subjects, the proportion achieving at least a grade C in English and maths and the proportion of pupils achieving the EBacc.

The changes are designed to bring the UK into line with the best education systems in the world which, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, are characterised by autonomy for schools and by strong accountability systems which highlight the performance of all providers and which give clear information to parents and young people.

Schools minister David Laws said: "The new system will mean higher standards, no hiding place for under-performing schools and coasting schools, and real credit being given to schools and colleges which may have challenging intakes but which improve their pupils' performance.

"I am confident that our brilliant heads and teachers will continue to meet the challenge we are setting them."

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