Assurance framework for consultants launched

Headteachers, as we are often told, have a lot on their plates, and experts should make things easier for them.

Your readers may, therefore, be interested in the fact that Aspect, the professional association representing independent consultants and school improvement professionals (the Association of Educational Development and Improvement Professionals in Scotland), recently launched a quality assurance framework for independent consultants.

The framework means that, in future, heads will be able to employ consultants safe in the knowledge that their work has been independently accredited by one of the leading examining bodies, Edexcel.

Consultants will be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to provide the support many heads desire - strategic and free from hyperbole.

The framework has been publicly encouraged by the Department for Education and Skills, the National Association of Head Teachers and leading education companies.

John Chowcat

general secretary, Association of Professionals in Education and Children's Trust (Aspect)

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