During this unprecedented period, we want to continue to provide programmes of support as far as is possible, without creating any additional burden for school leaders, CEOs, NEDs or Chairs. Given that, we have taken the following steps to respond to this emerging situation:
"I am pleased to see the implementation of the behaviour hubs programme has been announced today. There is no one size fits all solution for improving behaviour and the range of expertise brought together through this group will undoubtedly help the entire sector improve. Too often the debate in this area means that schools operate in a significantly challenging environment- this is a practical programme to help support schools and academy trusts gain access to the best of the best in our system.
"For the vast proportion of school leaders to be concerned about fairness in their admissions process is worrying. The system for school preferences shouldn’t be a complex web, locking out families from leading schools, but a system to empower parents to choose the best education for their child.
"Much of the work being done by schools should be highly commended and I am incredibly proud that disadvantaged pupils perform more highly at free schools than at other state-funded schools. But without fair access to high-performing schools for all pupils, social justice is lost.
"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and students, free schools have topped performance rankings at Key Stage 5 and are beginning to outperform leading private schools in England.
"The crisis of ‘stuck schools’ has been a longstanding concern for NSN and we welcome Ofsted’s commitment to taking action by proposing reforms.
"It is a scandal that over 200,000 children are left forgotten in ‘stuck schools’. This change is part of a wider set of measures required to address this challenge. And we wholeheartedly agree the carousel of consultants is doing more harm than good.
"The NEU’s figures are deliberately misleading – but these tactics are wholly unsurprising given the reality of free schools’ success.
"We are delighted to see the positive progress in UK PISA scores, especially the improvement in Reading and Maths. These reflect the hard work of staff, pupils and governors in schools across England who show the system is one that competes with the best internationally. There is, of course, more work to be done but we are trending in the right direction.
"Justice’s ‘Challenging School Exclusions’ report demonstrates the damaging consequences in the shortage of provision for children at risk of exclusion, particularly those with complex needs. It is not acceptable that disadvantaged pupils, children with SEND and those from minority backgrounds are being excluded, sometimes illegally.