A very, very quick post about Directors of School Standards.

I understand that there will be 80-100 of these, responsible for the oversight of standards in schools.

A key issue is how will they interact with Schools, Ofsted, LAs and parents. Indications are that each would have to have a not inconsiderable apparatus around them to perform this task and be effective. So a considerable number of people required.

My main concern is this. A significant number of people will be required to be taken out of schools to create this group. So either a large number of very able people will leave schools, which we can ill afford to happen. Or a large number of less able people will fill these posts, which we can ill afford to happen.

We need a simplification of the system of oversight and accountability. That probably means stopping doing some things before we start doing new ones.