Headlines: January 19th, 2007

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SHAKE-UP BRINGS IN CHIEF EXECUTIVES

 

A review of school leadership commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills and carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, has recommended a range of models for school leadership to boost school standards and deliver more effective management of schools. A shift away from the traditional model of a headteacher supported by a deputy or assistant head has become necessary because of the way in which schools are changing. The new models include a chief executive without teaching responsibilities. The recommendations are made against a background where modern school leaders are required to fulfil an increasing number of roles, such as accountant, architect, and human resources manager.

The review has also recommended that professionals from beyond the world of education should be recruited as school leaders and that they should not be required to obtain Qualified Teaching Status. Where a non teacher occupies an executive position in a school there would be a qualified teacher to head teaching and learning.

The review also proposes that leadership roles should be distributing among a broader range of senior staff. This would require the development of wider skill sets for the future, with increased expertise in areas such as finance, human resources, collaboration and project management.

The review recommendations have been welcomed by head teacher associations. But Chris Keates, General Secretary of NASUWT, representing teachers, said: “Some but not all of the recommendations in this report will resonate positively with the profession. Consequently, the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ review cannot be seen as an end in itself.”