Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Struggle to Find Heads

Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Struggle to Find Heads

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Primary schools are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit head teachers, according to the latest labour market statistics.

A survey commissioned by head teacher unions showed that, during the past school year, 35% of the primary schools that advertised for a new head failed to make an appointment This is a significant increase on the 28% in the academic year 2005/06.

Special schools are facing the same problem. In 2006/07, 33% failed to appoint, compared with 30% the previous year.

Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said the statistics underlined the need for the government to review the pressure on school leaders.

'Good leadership is the key to continued academic success,' he said. 'If the government is to achieve its aim of raising standards and narrowing the achievement gap, it must throw its weight behind improving the attractiveness of leadership posts to ensure that school staff, children and young people have the strong and positive leadership they deserve. …

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