Clearly, the management and administration of a school has a key role to play in ensuring the greatest possible progress of all its pupils. It is sometimes said that the success or failure of a school stands or falls by the quality of its leadership and the effectiveness of the systems in place. They are the responsibility of senior management but are often delegated to senior teachers or heads of department/faculty. Good systems will withstand staff changes as they are not dependent on one charismatic individual. To be fully effective, they need to be realistic, practical and manageable, clearly understood, owned and used by all staff. These should form part of the wholeschool policy on assessment reporting and recording as it is the systems that are responsible for putting the parts of the policy into everyday practice.