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weak headteachers

Discussion in 'Primary' started by etonmess, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. is shocking. Across the country
    thousands of staff are left feeling miserable on a daily basis, ten of
    thousands of children are not getting the education they could have and we
    taxpayers are not getting our money’s worth.
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    </font>Yes there are some great headteachers &ndash; I know of several
    and have worked for two, but the number of inadequate ones is far too large.
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    </font>What&rsquo;s going wrong?
    Is it:

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    <li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">Missed
    opportunities before or during the NPHQ program to withdraw weak
    candidates<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">
    </font><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">Inadequacies
    in the NPHQ course itself<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">
    </font><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">Lack
    of proper supervision and support for headteachers after appointment<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">
    </font><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">Lack
    of rigour during the appointment process because of the amateur nature of
    governing bodies<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">
    </font><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">The tendency
    of Las and their HR staff to fudge and cover up problems rather than
    address them<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">
    </font><li class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;tab-stops:list 36.0pt;">The lack
    of adequate whistle blowing procedures that would allow staff to alert the
    LA sooner rather than later to developing problems.<font face="Times New Roman" size="3">

    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">

    </font>What do you think?
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  2. Not enough people going forward for the job. (Thankless task that it is. Therefore, most who apply probably get a post sometime or other.)
  3. Can think of one who was really lazy, while making herself seem busy and unavailable. Very critical of others to cover up her own inadequacies and very reluctant to ever provide cover in the classrooms, even when she had offered to do so. Terrible for staff morale and little we felt we could do about it other than leave - which I did.
  4. I had the misfortune of working for a very poor Head for a couple of years, fortunately most of my career was spent with good Heads. At first this Head appeared to be an outstanding Head, and this had been the view of the LEA. But it became apparent that the Head was ouitstanding at personal ambition-played the interview and preparation game perfectly, went to the places prominent governors attended, found out some keys issues at the school to be addressed and lo and behold, had much past experience in these issues. About a year later it was very apparent she had little expertise at all in the area. She was the image of Claire Cunningham from Hollyoaks a few years back, broke friendships up to isolate strong members of the staff, marginalised and got the deputy to take early retirement, then did not replace the deputy. Was basically a bully, behind the mask was not outstanding, was actually indadequate, all that was really outstanding was the mask. School dropped from very successful to borderline failure. Governors eventually realised what was happening, after 100% of the KS2 staff left in a couple of years, and she was replaced.
  5. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    NPQH is an expensive nonsense, allowing scores of bog standard teachers to believe they can be heads, despite the fact that they may have only worked in ONE school.
    However, many HTs were in place before NPQH, so are sitting pretty, counting down the years till they can claim their fat pensions and move to Franc.e
    These are the ones who are weak, seeking only an easy life, which means keeping the parents sweet, in case they take the tiddlers to the next school along the A road.
    Hence we have the ridiculous number of 'incompetency' procedures, against teachers who have done nothing other than tell an obnoxious brat to button it, prompting parental complaints. These complainants, instead of being sent off with a flea in their ear, are being 'heard' and teachers are being called to account with no evidence of wrongdoing other than "My chid doesn't like that teacher".
    These are the weak heads, but there is nothing we can do about them, since they will have the Governors in the palm of their hand, and regularly get fantastic feedback at Performance Management because they tick all the boxes on the sheet.
  6. There is something very wrong with an NPQH programme which allows NQTs to be on it. Surely at the very least they should have some breadth of experience.
  7. The similarities in these stories is depressing, and multplied up over the whole country points to something being badly wrong.
    At my school many of us are taking the sensible route - escape. A number of teachers and TAs have managed it already and many more of us are actively looking for alternatives. Then we'll be replaced by another generation who'll be subjected to the same mistreatment ... and so on. Not a cheerful prospect.

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