England’s schools struggling to recruit headteachers.

According to a report published today by the Future Leaders Trust, schools are struggling to recruit headteachers and more needs to be done to attract good candidates.

‘Many English schools are struggling to recruit headteachers and other senior staff, new research has found.

The Future Leaders Trust said more must be done to attract high quality candidates and help school leaders develop their skills.

According to a survey by the National Governors' Association (NGA), 43% of schools struggle to find strong candidates for senior staff positions.’ (ITV News)

‘The report, called Heads Up: Meeting the Challenges of Headteacher Recruitment, published on Tuesday by the Future Leaders Trust, says perceptions of the role of headteacher must change if the national shortage is to be addressed. It calls for a new strategy to find more recruits, urging serving headteachers to identify colleagues with the potential to lead schools and to encourage them to develop their skills.

The chief inspector of schools and former head Sir Michael Wilshaw, writing in the report, said it was incumbent on all leaders to plan for succession. “Heads must encourage their leadership teams to develop, whether through in-school opportunities or external programmes.” ‘ (The Guardian)

‘A Department for Education spokesman said high quality school leaders were essential to the government's vision "of educational excellence everywhere".
"We are making good progress towards this goal, with Ofsted rating 85% of schools as 'good' or 'outstanding' for leadership and management, as well as a head teacher vacancy rate of just 0.2%, but we are not complacent," he said.
"Our Talented Leaders initiative is placing outstanding head teachers into struggling schools, and the National Teaching Service will place 1,500 teachers and middle leaders in underperforming schools by 2020." ‘ (BBC News)


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