Rushing plans to give headteachers more power “could be disastrous”

Apr 3, 2018 by

GIVING more power to headteachers could be “disastrous” if the scheme is rushed without proper planning, an academic has warned.

Professor David Cole-Hamilton, a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh‘s education committee, raised the concern as the Scottish Government presses ahead with plans for a Headteachers Charter.

Under the proposals heads will be given more of a say over funding and the curriculum at the expense of councils.

Writing in The Herald, Mr Cole-Hamilton said some headteachers would be “ready and enthusiastic”, but others would apprehensive and unprepared.

He said: “Current headteachers have been selected for the ability over a range of relevant skills, but these may not include some of those that will be required under the new charter.

“Although the changes could lead to increased dynamism and improved local accountability, a rushed implementation in schools which are not prepared could be disastrous.

Source: Rushing plans to give headteachers more power “could be disastrous” | HeraldScotland

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