Chartered College of Teaching comments on Improving Schools report

The Chartered College of Teaching has today (18th November) commented on the publication of the ‘Improving Schools’ report, published by NAHT’s School Improvement Commission.

The Commission, which includes Dame Alison Peacock – CEO of the Chartered College – identifies five key areas to rebalance holding schools to account with helping them to improve:

  • Ensuring teachers thrive
  • Empowering and developing leaders
  • Collaboration and collective responsibility
  • External support
  • Equity and excellent

Commenting on the report, Dame Peacock said:

We all want to build a school system of high excellence which sees teachers and pupils flourish. However, for too long we have been marching to the drumbeat of high-stakes accountability pushed by Ofsted and league tables.   The best way to continue to improve standards is by continuing to strengthen the knowledge, collaboration and expertise of our teachers. Our teachers know their pupils, their schools and their communities. It is of the highest importance they are trusted and listened to.

We need to give our teachers and leaders the tools to develop, to confidently hone their skills of pedagogy, curriculum design and assessment.  This is not the time to be searching for quick fixes. This is about having the confidence to know what works. We have an opportunity now to build something which benefits teachers, their students and wider society.  The future of teaching needs to be shaped by confident, informed teachers as part of a rapidly changing expert profession.”  

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