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Trust Schools 'Not Enthusing' Heads

Magazine article Public Finance

Trust Schools 'Not Enthusing' Heads

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The vast majority of head teachers have little interest in creating trust schools, it emerged this week.

As MPs debated the controversial Education and Inspection Bill on March 15, the Association of School and College Leaders released a survey showing that only 5% of head teachers say they will consider trust status.

Under government proposals, every school will have the right to become a self-governing trust, either individually or in collaboration with other schools.

Trust status would allow a school to Own its own assets, employ its own staff and even secure freedoms to vary the national curriculum or teachers' pay.

But heads are sceptical that trust schools will deliver any real, or new, benefits. Of the 505 heads surveyed, 39% said they would definitely not consider trust status, while a further 34% said they were unlikely to do so.

Alan Sedgley, head of I Liskeard School and College in Cornwall, said: 'We do not need trust status. We are able to work with other schools and with colleges and businesses without further legislation.'

John Dunford, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the poll confirmed that trust status would not offer any new real independence. …

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