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Progress 8: Accounting for every child

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As we prepare for the introduction of Progress 8, school leader Ben Solly reminds us of the inequalities of the current accountability regime and looks at why this change is long overdue.

Under the previous Labour government, Every Child Matters (ECM) represented the foundation of Tony Blair’s “education, education, education” mantra and was an educational principle that was difficult to argue with.

Since the formation of the coalition government, the use of this terminology has disappeared from political rhetoric. Nonetheless, many in education will still recall and work within the five fundamental principles of the ECM framework.

It has always been frustrating, however, that this undeniably ethical and equitable initiative was introduced by the same government that also developed the current school accountability system, which through several fundamental flaws does not provide a level playing field for all children and all schools.

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