Headlines: May 20th, 2002

School inspectors have found weaknesses in the competence of some head teachers and Ofsted have now traced them back to flaws in the training and development arrangements. In a review report there is criticism for the training bodies and local education authorities.

The three national training programmes are not co-ordinated and it is unclear how a head teacher would progress from on to another. The role of overseeing the development of leadership training has recently been taken on by the National College of School Leadership and the report shows the scale of the challenge it faces in developing a joined up training programme. The College will also have to find ways to monitor and evaluate the impact of leadership training on raising standards and school improvement, to ensure both quality and value for money.

Headteachers are often better at strategic leadership than operational management and many are not skilled in monitoring and evaluating the schools’ performance and taking appropriate action. The training provided does not make clear the differences between management and leadership.

The weakest aspect in the head teacher training programme is the lack of support provided by local education authorities for newly appointed heads. Almost half of the authorities taking part in the review gave inadequate support.

Link: <http://www.ofsted.gov.uk>