Ofsted head in row over call for help
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Thursday 29 December 2011
The new chief inspector for schools is starting his reign with a row over his call for local commissioners to be appointed to sack incompetent heads and spot failing schools.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, who takes over as head of Ofsted on 1 January, said the tasks should not be left to him alone now growing numbers of schools were becoming independent academies.
Headteachers' leaders said the idea would need "a complete U-turn" from the Government as it sounded like a return to the days of local authority control.
"It would add substantially to the cost of the education service by appointing a tier of expensive officials and adopting a model of top-down management," Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, added.
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