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PLAN FOR REGISTER OF 'ROVING' HEADTEACHERS

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A national register of 'roving' headteachers is to be drawn up to temporarily fill hundreds of vacant posts, report...
A national register of 'roving' headteachers is to be drawn up to temporarily fill hundreds of vacant posts, reports The Express (p2).

The register, which is aimed at inner city schools unable to appoint suitable applicants to head and deputy head positions, is expected to include the names of qualified and experienced staff willing to make a career of moving around wherever they are needed.

Most of the heads would be employed in one school on a minimum six-month or one-year contract until governors can make a full-time appointment.

The move is being considered by the teacher supply agency Select Education, which already provides heads and classroom teachers as interim cover for absent staff.

But John Dunford, leader of the Secondary Heads Association, said: 'I cannot imagine it would be a satisfying career for most heads to move around from one school to another. Strong and effective leadership is what gives schools their success.'

The Express's editorial column (p10) says that at any one time, there are up to 1,000 schools in England and Wales without a headteacher.

Many of then are troubled inner-city schools where governors struggle to find and appoint heads who are capable of maintaining discipline and of raising standards, it says.

The article describes that headteachers' register as a bold move, 'but one that could help hundreds of schools that have been plunged into instability while the search for a headteacher goes on'.

It conlcudes: 'If it can hep turn Britain's failing schools around, it is a move that the government should wholeheartedly support.'

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