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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