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Ministers 'have no plan to address teacher shortages' Image copyright Thinkstock Ministers have "no plan" to meet the growing teacher shortage in England, says the Public Accounts' Committee.

Ministers 'have no plan to address teacher shortages'

The select committee, which has called for an overhaul of the system, says in a report that the government has no sense of urgency in making sure schools have enough teachers. This is despite teacher training targets being missed for four successive years. Superheads: the true cost to schools. Superheads may lift results when they take over failing schools, but what happens when they leave?

Superheads: the true cost to schools

Laura McInerney reports “Superheads” recruited to quickly turn around failing schools boost results in the short term but leave schools with plummeting scores and financial black holes when they leave a few years later, a new study shows. Researchers at the Centre for High Performance observed 160 academies over five years, with unprecedented access to school information systems, enabling them to record pupil, teacher, management and financial performance.

High-performance.org. High-performance.org. First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy. There is a dangerous cult of managerialism in education... I did not comprehend the corrosive influence of the ethos of managerialism on British education until last year, when I came across an advert encouraging university students to opt for a career as a physics teacher.

There is a dangerous cult of managerialism in education...

I was expecting the advert to appeal to the undergraduates’ love of the subject of physics and to their aspiration to do some good in the classroom. However the authors of the advert appeared indifferent to winning would-be physics teachers over to the values of their future profession. Instead, it sought to tempt students into the profession by drawing attention to the possibility of earning a high salary. It indicated that those who possessed initiative could become school leaders after a few years in the classroom. A bright future awaits young graduates who opt to be fast-tracked to a leadership position. Why school leaders need proper support, not bravery, around workload - NAHT.

Why school leaders need proper support, not bravery, around workload Not quite sure of the logic of putting out the DfE’s three reports aimed at tackling teacher workload on Easter Saturday, unless it was for the purposes of news management during the union conferences.

Why school leaders need proper support, not bravery, around workload - NAHT

For a profession where workload is demonstrably a problem, it’s almost provocative to publish recommendations on how to tackle problems on one of those rare weekends when you’d hope everyone’s switched off from work. Recommendations on data management, marking and planning That caveat aside, there’s some interesting and sensible thoughts and recommendations in all three, on data management, marking and planning. Chk. An Error Occurred Setting Your User Cookie. This site uses cookies to improve performance. If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site. Setting Your Browser to Accept Cookies There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly. Governance in multi academy trusts Sept2015. The Importance of Teachers: A collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention. In 2010, the DfE published a White Paper entitled “The Importance of Teaching”.

The Importance of Teachers: A collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention

This set out the overall direction of travel for the Coalition government, including recognising the importance of teaching to improving school standards. The title of this essay collection deliberately reflects and builds on this work. For if teaching (the practice) is important, even more so are the people – the teachers. This collection of essays follows a half day conference held by Policy Exchange - also in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders in October last year on the topic of the future of the teaching workforce – supply, recruitment, retention and deployment.

We have asked selected individuals to further develop thoughts on action that both government and individual and groups of schools can take to alleviate the undoubted shortage of teachers that the English state school system currently faces, and is predicted to continue to face for the next few years. Management Is (Still) Not Leadership. A few weeks ago, the BBC asked me to come in for a radio interview.

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

They told me they wanted to talk about effective leadership — China had just elevated Xi Jinping to the role of Communist Party leader; General David Petraeus had stepped down from his post at the CIA a few days earlier; the BBC itself was wading through a leadership scandal of its own — but the conversation quickly veered, as these things often do, into a discussion about how individuals can keep large, complex, unwieldy organizations operating reliably and efficiently. That’s not leadership, I explained. Putting a Contract out on Teachers. This is going to be about workload, and in particular, Russell Hobby’s piece about whether teacher contracts and fewer holidays might solve the workload problem.

Putting a Contract out on Teachers

I thought this was an appropriate issue on which to return to the keyboard, not least because the reason I haven’t blogged for a while is largely due to the fact that, this year, I broke myself on the workload wheel. Some of this was self-inflicted. The role of teacher should be privileged over any leadership role. One of the dominant narratives in contemporary education is the ubiquitous assertion that everyone is now a leader.

The role of teacher should be privileged over any leadership role.

Not only are all teachers now leaders, but even the kids are leaders whether they like it or not. Within such a climate we might want to ask; if everyone is now a leader, then what distinguishes the role of leader from any other, and who now leads the leaders? The other serious question is what does this say about teachers who just want to remain in the classroom? Of course, on an abstract theoretical level all classroom teachers are leaders in the sense that they ‘lead’ a class of young people, but in reality they are not ‘leaders’ in the same way that effective senior leaders or heads of departments are.

Calling yourself a ‘thought leader’ because you put whacky ideas down on post-it notes and get a room full of people to jump up and down in order to “energise their creativity” doesn’t make you a leader. Katzenbach-Center_Webinar_Culture-Eats-Strategy-for-Breakfast. Great School Leadership 3: Strategy. Strategy: Plotting out the steps to success.

Great School Leadership 3: Strategy

Once you’ve set out a vision for how you want your school or department to develop, you need to work out a way to get there. Vision and strategy are obviously inter-connected; sometimes people are inhibited from thinking too far ahead or from being too ambitious because they can’t see how the change process could work. There is also the problem of dealing with accountability pressure. National Audit Office (NAO) “Training a sufficient number of new teachers of the right quality is key to the success of all the money spent on England’s schools.

National Audit Office (NAO)

The Department, however, has missed its recruitment targets for the last four years and there are signs that teacher shortages are growing. Until the Department meets its targets and can show how its approach is improving trainee recruitment, quality and retention, we cannot conclude that the arrangements for training new teachers are value for money.” Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 10 February 2016.

The next 5 years: 10 challenges for school leaders. A new government with fresh enthusiasm for pushing its policies further is not the only challenge that school leaders face over the next five years. The ageing teaching population, the rise in pupil numbers and the implacable forward march of technology would have substantial impacts under any government. In this blog, the first of two based on my lecture for the London Centre in Leadership in Learning on 19th May, I describe 10 challenges facing school leaders over the next five years. It’s a pretty formidable list. The rise in pupil numbers.

The next five years: five key opportunities for school leaders. Robert Hill. There’s no question that school leaders will face tough challenges in the coming years. But there is also a major opportunity to reshape the school system. This blog, the second based on my London Centre for Leadership in Learning lecture on 19 May, should be read alongside this set of slides. The nature of the challenges is such that it is not possible for schools and their leaders to manage them alone. They will have to collaborate – whether that builds on what they are doing at the moment or takes them into new territory. Great School Leadership 3: Strategy.