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Let Business Leaders Run Our Schools Says Report

Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 14:28 by Simon Kimber

A government commissioned report by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers, looking into ways of tackling the increasing problems that schools are having recruiting new head teachers, has concluded that the job should be opened up to business leaders with experience in areas such as project management and human resources.

Opinions of the idea seem to be split among teachers’ unions, but the overall consensus appears to be that who ever is in the job should have a deep understanding of learning and the education system, and that adding an extra layer into school management could be a bad thing. Common sense in other words.

More bureaucracy is the last thing schools need, but should these plans be implemented it looks all too likely. The report was keen to point out that heads from a business background should not be involved in matters that affect teaching. No, for this there should be a separate Head of Teaching, essentially dividing the top-job in two.

How long before the job gets sub-divided even further and schools end up with a board of directors? Getting sent to the headmasters office will become something more akin to appearing on an episode of Dragon’s Den.

The Slant is almost certain that, upon hearing this news, orange-obsessed entrepreneur Stelios will be quickly planning his own chain of “Easy” schools, although, if GCSE results are anything to go by, we’ve got enough of those already.

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One Comment on “Let Business Leaders Run Our Schools Says Report”

  1. Sue Stewart Says:

    PriceWaterhouseCoopers have been paid a fortune. No-one’s told me that, it goes without saying.

    They’ve been paid a fortune to put forward the (frankly ludicrous) first episode of the new series of “Waterloo Road” as the blueprint for the education system?

    Thank god I don’t have any kids.

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