State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 15

3. SCHOOL PRESSURES: accountability, curriculum and assessment School leaders across both phases are critical of the reformed national assessment system, lacking confidence in it and feeling inadequately informed. For many, budget pressures and the challenge of teacher recruitment and retention are placing constraints on the curriculum. New accountability measures are also widely considered to be unfair and inaccurate measures of school performance, particularly at primary level, and school leaders are feeling under increased strain from these changes. 91% of school leaders think the level of pressure on schools from performance measures has increased over the last two years MORE ABOUT THE KEY: WWW.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM 55% of secondary school leaders do not feel they have adequate information to ensure pupils sitting this year’s GCSEs are well-prepared PAGE 15