The Sunday Times – “One in Four Heads Are Not Good Enough!”

One in four heads ‘not good enough’

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, has said that a quarter of heads in secondary schools are sub-standard and some are in danger of losing their jobs.

He said Ofsted would launch a crackdown on “casual leadership” this autumn, although it would be for school governors to decide whether any heads should be sacked. Wilshaw called for a renaissance of respect, with pupils expected to stand when head teachers enter a room and told to refer to teachers as “Sir” or “Miss”. He said he had “held his head in his hands” when watching reality television programmes filmed in comprehensives that showed pupils misbehaving with near impunity.

He said: “I want high academic achievement, a culture of no excuses and an atmosphere of scholarship. I want every comprehensive school to have a grammar school ethos. I want to launch a national debate about the kind of head teachers we want and need.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” If the report is a lead into action then it will ramp up pressure on Heads that serve our local secondary schools. Making it all the more important that Ofsted inspections uncover improving education in our local schools. What’s3266511 Ofsted your view on performance in Secondary Schools in Wednesfield? Let me know.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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