Wilshaw: 1 in 4 secondary school heads ‘not good enough’

The Sunday Times is reporting that Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that standards in secondary schools have plateaued and as many as one in four secondary head teachers are not good enough…

The paper describes Sir Michael’s comments as “an echo” of the late Sir Chris Woodhead’s attack on 15,000 “incompetent” teachers.

Sir Michael is said to believe data indicates progress in secondary schools has stalled and, as a result, is to launch an Ofsted crackdown on “casual leadership” this autumn. The report does make clear that it would be up to governors, and not Ofsted, to decide whether any heads would lose their jobs.

In particular, a lack of respect from pupils to heads is referred to, with Sir Michael suggesting that many heads have “so little authority” that pupils fail to stand when they enter the room and fail to refer to teachers as “Sir” or “Miss”. He also urges head teachers to stop behaving like social workers and focus on creating a structured, orderly environment.

Sir Michael is quoted: 

“One in four — a quarter — of leaders in secondary schools are not good enough,” he said. “We have to do something about that . . . I want high academic achievement, a culture of no excuses and an atmosphere of scholarship. I want every comprehensive school to have a grammar school ethos. I want to launch a national debate about the kind of head teachers we want and need.”

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Comments

  1. Is this how Wilshaw judges respect – by pupils standing up when the head appears?  I’d rather the pupils were so involved in their lesson they didn’t notice anyone had come into the room.
    And hasn’t Wilshaw ever come across pupils who use someone’s arrival in a class room to disrupt the lesson: scraping chairs; knocking them over, jostling.
    Heads who insist on pupils standing when they appear have a power complex, I fear.

  2. Is this how Wilshaw judges respect – by pupils standing up when the head appears?  I’d rather the pupils were so involved in their lesson they didn’t notice anyone had come into the room.
    And hasn’t Wilshaw ever come across pupils who use someone’s arrival in a class room to disrupt the lesson: scraping chairs; knocking them over, jostling.
    Heads who insist on pupils standing when they appear have a power complex, I fear.

  3. You would think that, after years of telling teachers they are  ‘not good enough’ they would have realised this does not raise standards.
    If teachers did that in classrooms they would (hopefully) fail their OFSTED.

  4. Grammar schools ethos!  Laughable!  Head of our local grammar has a far more relaxed attitude to discipline than the ‘zero tolerance’ approach of Wilshaw – no over-reaction to minor infringements of uniform; allowing (unofficially) the girls to wear a little make-up.

  5. Simon Foster

    What on earth is a grammar school ethos? I attended a secondary school in the early 80’s……and I am an active governor in a school with just less than 2000 pupils

    It would be nice of Mr Wilshaw to explain what he wants from Governing Bodies in a Head

  6. TW

    So presumably Wilshaw will ensure that a quarter of Ofsted inspections will claim inadequacies about the head and then leave governors to choose whether to sack the head or themselves be replaced by an academy edu-business.

  7. Value_added

    SchoolsImprove So ASCL criticises government over new GCSE affect on league tables then Ofsted says 1 in 10 are inadequate. Smell a rat?

  8. Simon Foster ‘Grammar school ethos’ – meaningless soundbite which appeals to those who think grammars are ‘elite’ and comps are ‘bog standard’, second-rate centres of anarchy and ignorance.

  9. tony dimmer

    Surely it’s not up to HMCI to say “I want” but to inspect and report without fear or favour. Or is he really just another unelected politician?

  10. Nairb

    Wilshaw has always seen himself as the model headteacher to which others must aspire. He’s now more open about saying ‘if you don’t act as a headteacher as I would then Ofsted won’t approve.’ As you say, Ofsted should be reporting on the effectiveness of the school, not the style of leadership.

  11. davew2101969

    SchoolsImprove one out of one – the whole – leader of Ofsted is not good enough… We (teachers) have to do something about that…

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