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Heads ‘don’t have time to handle recruitment’

Giving leaders more powers risks burdening them with bureaucracy, MSPs warn

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Concerns have been raised in Parliament that some heads are already being told to take on the burden of staff recruitment – with one reportedly having to deal with more than 200 applications “for a classroom support post”.

The planned devolution of more power to headteachers is partly designed to give them more freedom to gather the best staff for their school, but some have claimed that this is a responsibility “that they simply do not have the time to exercise”.

Others have said that headteachers might like the idea of recruiting staff directly, but it is a pointless move when there is a ...

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