The success of the drive to transform schools depends largely on heads and their deputies carrying through the radical reforms. The College for School Leadership, backed by an investment of 100m pounds is one of the channels through which they will receive support. The College, which was announced in the Education Green Paper will be set up next year. Education Minister David Blunkett in launching the prospectus said: “Our best heads are superb but we need more high quality school leaders. This involves offering them the best available training.”
A key feature of the prospectus is that it commits the Department for Education and Employment to work with a range of external partners – from both the public and private sectors – to design the detail of the college’s programmes and establish and build its facilities and infrastructure.
The College will provide a single national focus for leadership, development and research. It will be a provider and promoter of excellence and innovation and will create a focus for national and international debate on leadership.