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NAHT welcomes David Laws’ focus on attracting leaders to the most challenging schools

The school leaders’ union NAHT has reiterated its interest in government proposals for encouraging talented head teachers to work with troubled schools across the country. NAHT also welcomed the priority given to progress as the defining measure of school performance.  

Schools minister David Laws said he wanted to see 100 talented head teachers going into schools which may need help to get back on track.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, said: “We hope this programme will look carefully at the risks of leading a challenging school. This is more important than pay in attracting leaders. Heads need time, space and support to turn schools around.  

"Two of the biggest risks are discovering unexpected 'skeletons in the closet' and a badly timed Ofsted inspection. The government could help tackle this by offering audits and transparent information on the recruiting schools.  

"We should also look at creating an Ofsted window, with incoming heads able to request either an immediate inspection or a two year gap. Ofsted can stay in touch though HMI monitoring visits. When turning around a school, things can get difficult before they get better - we surely want heads to build for the long term rather than look over their shoulders."


Page Published: 16/01/2014

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