Schools in England are to be held to account on a wide range of measures of pupil well-being.
Ofsted is to use parents’ and pupils’ views on issues such as how a school discourages drug and alcohol use and offers relationship guidance.
Contrary to early reports, teenage pregnancy, obesity and drug use rates will not be used to judge schools.
The story goes on to give teaching union opinion of the proposals which are mixed.
But nothing is yet set in stone. Ofsted are consulting on these proposals and say:
As signalled in the Children’s Plan and in the well-being guidance, the DCSF and Ofsted have been working to develop strong school-level indicators of pupils’ well-being. These indicators will improve the information available to schools to help them assess the well-being issues their pupils face and to evaluate the school’s contribution to promoting pupil well-being. Ofsted will be looking for evidence from all schools on well-being and therefore the indicators will apply to all maintained schools, primary, secondary, special and Pupil Referral Units and to academies.
The consultation paper says:
Although schools can influence a range of outcomes beyond those relating to achievement, that does not imply that they should be held fully accountable for those outcomes. There is no intention to hold schools to account for well-being outcomes over which they have limited influence such as levels of child obesity or teenage pregnancy rates. Parents have the biggest influence on their children’s wellbeing. Alongside parents, other services, and the LA itself, also play key roles. What a school can reasonably be held to account for is its contribution to improving ou tcomes, an d its impact, recognising that this co ntribution may often be made as part of a partnership, and in a context where achieving improvement may be particularly challenging.
The paper proposes two types of indicator:
indicators relating to quantified outcomes over which schools can have significant influence
indicators based on the perceptions of pupils and parents, relating to the ECM outcomes themselves and the school’s contribution to them.
Ofsted are also proposing to have a local area profile built from the information that is being delivered by the National Indicators – see here for more on the drug element of those.
The first set of indicators they are proposing are related to quantified outcomes:
- the school’s overall attendance rate for the most recent school year for which data are available
- the percentage of persistent absentees – pupils who have missed more than 20% of sessions
- percentage of pupils doing at least two hours a week of high quality PE and sport
- the take-up of school lunches
- rate of permanent exclusion
- (for secondary schools) post-16 progression measures. (Participation in learning in the year after they left compulsory schooling).
The second set relate to parent or pupil’s perceptions which they expect to capture from surveys and which they say should cover the extent to which:
- the school
- promotes healthy eating
- promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle and (for younger children) play
- discourages smoking, consumption of alcohol and use of illegal drugs and other harmful substances
- gives good guidance on relationships and sexual health
- helps pupils to manage their feelings and be resilient
- promotes equality and counteracts discrimination
- provides a good range of additional activities
- gives pupils good opportunities to contribute to the local community
- helps people of different backgrounds to get on well, both in the school and in the wider community
- helps pupils gain the knowledge and skills they will need in the future
- offers the opportunity at 14 to access a range of curriculum choices;
- supports pupils to make choices that will help them progress towards a chosen career/subject of further study
- feel safe
- experience bullying
- know who to approach if they have a concern
- enjoy school
- are making good progress
- feel listened to
- are able to influence decisions in the school.
The consultation will close on 16th January.
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