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NAHT response to Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments about secondary heads
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NAHT response to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about secondary heads

In an interview in the Sunday Times on 12 July 2015, Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that a quarter of secondary school head teachers are poor and, as a result, Ofsted would launch a crackdown on “casual leadership”.

Reacting to the interview, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: "Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments are as unhelpful as they are inaccurate. They are belied by the statistics of his own inspectorate on leadership and behaviour. And even in schools rated 'requires improvement', many heads are doing excellent work in the most challenging circumstances. Sir Michael has added himself to the list of barriers they face. 

"The Chief Inspector has identified what he calls 'casual leadership'. Education and educators are just coming to terms with the government's 'coasting' term. They do not need yet another pejorative label. It is hard to imagine a job less casual than headship given the personal demands it makes of those who step up. 

"NAHT has long campaigned for an end to the adversarial methods of Ofsted. These methods limit its ability to actually improve schools. Our alternative inspection system, ‘Instead’, is gathering momentum and praise up and down the country. It is time for a new kind of inspection, working with the profession and not against it."

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Page Published: 12/07/2015