Heads ‘must get power to sack poor teachers’ to improve Scotland’s schools

The Telegraph is reporting that headteachers should be given power to sack poor performing teachers in order to improve Scottish schools.

Headteachers must be given the power to sack poorly performing staff if the standard of the Scotland’s troubled education system is to improve, John Swinney has been warned.

The Commission on School Reform, set up by think tank Reform Scotland, told a Scottish Government consultation it was “imperative” that heads have the final say in the hiring and firing of teachers and how to spend staffing budgets.

Chaired by Keir Bloomer, one of Scotland’s most eminent educationalists, the commission said Mr Swinney must now consider whether he needs to strip councils of their status as teachers’ employers and transfer that to schools.

But it warned the Education Minister he would face powerful opposition from “vested interests”, with teaching unions attaching “great importance” to collective agreements that prevent individual schools innovating.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest teaching union, argued that councils should retain control of Scottish schools and their staffing. 

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  1. MrsJoannaCraigi

    stress_freeuk SchoolsImprove been teacher-vindictive ht power, not nice & I’m not a poor teacher – good/elements of excellent-dht+la rep!

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