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New standards to be introduced for headteachers

22/04/2014 Kelly
Standards for headteachers are to be reformed for the first time in a decade, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced.

The new standards will reflect the "growing diversity of the education system". They will be designed by a small group of respected professionals, including headteachers, middle leaders and a chair of governors.

According to the DfE, the group will take into account the changing nature of school leadership, such as the role of executive heads, who often sit across several institutions, or those responsible for multiple schools under academy trusts.

The review will be chaired by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, executive headteacher of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and chief executive officer of the Bright Futures Educational Trust.

It will consider international best practice, call for expert advice and evidence and engage with teachers and leaders. 

The review aims to establish a set of standards that are unequivocal, clear and easy to understand. These standards will be used to guide the professional development of headteachers and inspire confidence among them. 

In addition, the new guidelines will focus primarily on the key elements of high-quality school and system leadership.

Many governing bodies currently use standards that were last reviewed in 2004 to guide the recruitment of headteachers and assess their performance.

Schools minister David Laws said: "We know there is a strong link between school leadership, quality of teaching, and outcomes for pupils. 

"It is a decade since the headteacher standards were last reviewed, and it is right we establish new standards which consider the many different types of school leaders there now are."

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski said she is "delighted" to be a part of the review. She added that it would help to create a "self-regulatory" education system.

The review will report to the secretary of state for education in the summer with draft revised standards. It is expected that the new guidelines will be published in the autumn.

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