Today, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has published the findings of its Accountability Commission, which was created to develop a new vision for accountability.
The recommendations include a call for the Chartered College of Teaching’s Leadership Development Advisory Group to produce alternative national standards for head teachers.
Responding to the report, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching and member of the Accountability Commission said:
“I am fortunate in my role to have the opportunity to see the great work of our teachers first hand. However, with the immense pressures they face, if we are to ensure pupils receive the best education, teaching expertise needs to run through the DNA of every single school.
Changing the educational landscape to one of intelligent accountability borne out of peer review and collegiality requires system leadership from within the profession. That is why the Chartered College of Teaching’s new Leadership Development Advisory Group is so important to highlight evidence about the most effective ways to lead learning within schools.
This is the opportunity to put in place something which will benefit the whole of the teaching profession. It’s time for school leaders to make clear that our own expectations exceed those of any government or external inspection system. To be a professional is to be accountable to those we teach and to those we work with.”