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WOODHEAD CALLS FOR MORE HEADS TO RESCUE FAILING SCHOOLS

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Chris Woodhead, chief inspector of schools, says a team of trouble-shooting head teachers should be permanently on ...
Chris Woodhead, chief inspector of schools, says a team of trouble-shooting head teachers should be permanently on stand-by in every local education authority, the Times reports (p11).

Mr Woodhead says the teams could revive substandard schools in as little as two terms. His comments follow the publiciation of an Ofsted report yesterday on the practice of sending in successful heads to save failing schools.

Mr Woodhead said failing schools had had few problems in recruiting new heads since many relished the challenge. However, the Ofsted report gave a warning of some of the hidden problems. Some teachers were given only 24 hours to decide whether to take up the challenge and were given little information on the school.
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