‘Too many secondary school headteachers are “appeasers” when they should be “bruisers” and “battleaxes”, the Ofsted chief inspector has said.
Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed that Teach First graduates full of “vigour and enthusiasm” are put off by “poor leadership”, culture and behaviour in the schools they enter.
At a summit hosted by the Sutton Trust, Sir Michael said that improvements must be made in secondary schools, especially with leadership, claiming that they are “not very good”.
He added: “We have got to improve our secondary school performance and we won’t get social mobility unless that happens.”
The head of Ofsted, who will stand down later this year, said: “We need headteachers in our secondary schools who are going to be really transformative leaders and we haven’t got enough of them.
“We need battlers, we need bruisers, we need battleaxes who are going to fight the good fight and are absolutely determined to get high standards. We have got too many appeasers in our secondary schools that are prepared to put up with mediocrity.” - TES
‘Independent schools are needed to help improve social mobility, Sir Michael said.
"I get quite angry when I hear independent school heads say 'well equality is getting worse, we've got to do something' and wringing their hands. Well, we know that, get stuck in, sponsor an academy, How many actually sponsor an academy? Some do, but not many.
"I think they should lose their tax subsidies and the reliefs that they get from the Charity Commission unless they sponsor an academy, and show that they really mean what they say."
Julie Robinson, general secretary of Independent Schools Council, said: "It is a shame that Ofsted's chief inspector continues to attack independent schools.
"More than nine in ten of ISC schools are in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools. This is very much direct involvement, sharing expertise, best practice and facilities in imaginative and creative ways, to the benefit of children in all the schools involved."’ - Telegraph
‘Private schools qualify for charitable status because of their educational mission, which some critics say is inappropriate for institutions charging around £30,000 for a boarding school place.’ - Guardian