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SCHOOLS LACK STABILITY AT THE TOP

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A report published today by Education Data Surveys suggests that too many schools lack the managerial stability and...
A report published today by Education Data Surveys suggests that too many schools lack the managerial stability and leadership for delivering the government's standards agenda. The Financial Times (p10) highlights findings from the report, and states that one in 10 state schools advertised for headteachers last year.

The worst recruitment difficulties, the FT continues, were experienced by primary schools. Vacancies for headteachers passed the 2,000 mark for the first time since the 1980s. Predictably, inner city areas suffered the greatest recruitment problems.

The report also found that schools which readvertised suffered poor exam results. The FT quotes general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers David Hart: 'It is clear the education service is failing to recruit sufficient heads in the right quantity, and of the right quality, to spearhead the standards agenda.'
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