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Govt publishes new headteacher standards

20/01/2015 Kelly
New standards have been published by the government to promote professional development among headteachers.

The publication follows a review of the 2004 standards carried out last year by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski and other leading members of the profession, with the aim of defining guidelines applicable to all headteachers in the current educational landscape.

According to the Department for Education, the new standards will "empower and inspire heads, drive aspiration, promote excellence and reflect the greater decision-making powers heads now enjoy".

The guidelines include an emphasis on raising attainment for all pupils, overcoming disadvantage and ensuring all staff feel accountable for the impact of their work on youngsters' success.

Using high-level training and sustained professional development to boost teacher quality is another area covered by the standards, along with identifying talent and coaching current and aspiring leaders of the future.

World-class leaders are a key part of the government's plan for education, but it claims the standards expected of headteachers have not evolved in tandem with the rest of the system.

General secretary of the National Association of Headteachers Russell Hobby said: "These highly aspirational standards will provide a solid foundation for professional development and dialogue. 

"They also state proudly to the world what heads stand for and how they hold themselves to account."

The education secretary has also welcomed a review by Sir Andrew Carter into initial teacher training (ITT), which highlighted strong performance in England but identified room for improvement to ensure all trainees receive some core grounding in the basics of classroom management and subject knowledge.

In response, the government is to commission an independent working group made of expert representatives from the sector to develop a core ITT framework.

The Teaching Schools Council will also be tasked with developing a set of national standards for mentors, while the Get Into Teaching website will provide more information on ITT.

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