Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 06.04.1984: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 06.04.1984: News

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Sir Keith takes further step towards heads' probation

The likelihood of newly appointed heads starting off on probation came a step nearer this week with the publication of a consultative paper by Sir Keith Joseph, the education secretary. This is despite the uniformly negative response from representatives of teachers' unions and local authorities when Sir Keith (pictured below) floated the idea at the Department for Education and Science conference last month on the selection of heads.

It is a measure of his determination to force the innovation on teachers and employers, both unenthusiastic, that he should still go ahead and circulate the paper. Not only will new heads in their first appointment start off on probation but they will be regularly assessed throughout their subsequent career, the paper proposes.

The plan would apply only to first-time headships. And Sir Keith allays any fears of a drift towards more central authority by emphasising that HM Inspectorate would have no part in the assessment. It would become a local authority responsibility. A new addition is that governors should also contribute to the assessment of new heads. …

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