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Towards a self-improving system: the role of accountability in schools

Christine Gilbert explores how schools are taking on more responsibility to improve standards across all schools

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Towards a self-improving system: the role of accountability in schools

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Christine Gilbert explores the potential of accountability to support and contribute to a culture of self-improvement within and across our schools. In this paper, she:

  • outlines the history of accountability
  • presents a broader definition of accountability
  • explores the important elements of school-led accountability
  • suggests ways in which Ofsted might support a self-improving system
  • proposes that groups of schools themselves become responsible for ensuring all schools have the support they need to improve