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HEADTEACHER PROTOTYPE COULD DO BETTER

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A prototype for the government's vision of head teacher-led school improvement has failed to raise standards, Ofste...
A prototype for the government's vision of head teacher-led school improvement has failed to raise standards, Ofsted has said.

It found the primary leadership programme was yet to improve attainment in English and maths in under-performing primaries.

The scheme involves councils commissioning primary heads as consultants to help colleagues in other schools improve attainment.

In its five-year plan, the government called for consultant heads to take over the school improvement functions of council link advisers, with authorities reduced to a commissioning role (LGC, 16 July).

This is despite the fact Ofsted warmly praised councils' school improvement role in its annual report this year (LGC, 6 February).

In its report on the primary leadership programme, the regulator found a lack of co-ordination between consultants and council link advisers working with the same schools.

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