Education secretary’s pledge to end the ‘confusion’ of accountability receives cautious welcome from heads

​Teachers and school leaders must continue to put pressure on government to ensure that ministers follow through with plans to stop labelling schools as “coasting”, a headteacher has urged colleagues.

Speaking at the National Association of Head Teachers conference last week, education secretary Damian Hinds set out plans for what he called “a clearer system of accountability that will let good schools get on with their job”.

He announced a consultation to scrap the “confusing” system of having both floor and coasting standards to measure school performance, and replace it with a “single, transparent data trigger for schools to be offered support”.

He said: “Accountability is vital. Children only get one shot at an education and we owe them the best ... where they are being let down we need to take action quickly – so no-one ends up left behind. But what I’ve found from speaking to many of you these last few months is that there is also real confusion within the sector.”

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