What does a good school look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? If you're partial to school dinners, you may even have an idea of what it should smell and taste like.
The truth is that within a few minutes of walking through the gates, most teachers and headteachers will be able to tell you if a school is any good.
Unfortunately, this isn't true of parents, politicians or the wider community. Although many people will get a gut feeling for the school on an open day, they also rely on the twin teacher nemeses: league tables and Ofsted. Thus, for the English education community, the changes in the pipeline for both of these systems are a very big deal.
Perhaps surprisingly for an initiative born out of Michael Gove's generous reforming bosom, the government's new accountability measure, Progress 8, is hard to argue with. It is, as its name suggests, rather progressive. Gone (hallelujah!) is the obsession with the C-D boundary that stemmed from hanging everything on five good GCSEs including English and maths. In its place will be a system that attempts to measure the improvements a school achieves with the raw material of its intake.
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