Gove to double the number of 'superheads'
An army of "superheads" will scour the country spreading their educational prowess to struggling state schools, under plans announced by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He said the number of heads helping to tackle under-performance will be more than doubled.
At present, 393 heads rated as "outstanding" or "good" by Ofsted have taken part and this will rise to 1,000 by 2014. Under the plans, the best heads will be given a national role in turning schools around.
"Good" heads will be sent into neighbouring schools where inspectors have identified weakness.
Mr Gove said: "There are many superb heads in our state system doing a wonderful job. But there are also many schools which are not giving children the start they deserve.
"Half of young people leave school without the basic qualifications you need to succeed. That's why we will invest in recruiting more great heads to turn round our weaker schools."
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