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Rigorous national standards will underpin the new professional qualification for headteachers Anthea Millett, the g...
Rigorous national standards will underpin the new professional qualification for headteachers Anthea Millett, the government's Chief Adviser on Teachers has said.

Launching a national consultation on the second stage of development of the new qualification yesterday, Anthea Millett said:

'The headteacher is the lead professional in school. Working with the governing body the headteacher must provide professional vision, leadership and direction for the school and ensure that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and objectives.

'In developing a new qualification for headteachers the task is to put in place arrangements which are rigorous, well targeted and provide every new headteacher with the skills needed to meet the challenges headship poses.'

'The consultation we are launching today marks the second stage in the development of the new qualification. We have identified clear objectives for the qualification. It should:

-- Be targeted on school improvement;

-- Ensure that only those ready for headship gain the qualification;

We are consulting on:

-- Key principles to underpin the qualification;

-- Draft national standards for new headteachers;

-- Approaches to training and development, assessment, and the award of the qualification; and

-- Funding and eligibility issues.

'Based on these objectives we are now putting meat on the bones. The outcome of the consultation I am launching today will lead to trials of the qualification between May 1996 and July 1997 with implementation across the country in September 1997.'

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