William Stewart

Ministers mustn't take credit for teachers' ingenuity

There will be a huge temptation for government ministers to take the credit for a successful reopening of schools – and that would be grossly unfair on our heads and teachers, writes William Stewart

Ministers mustn't take credit for teachers' ingenuity

Be careful what you wish for. There was a time when school leaders hankered after greater autonomy.

Until the early 1990s, state school heads and governors did not even have the power to decide how to spend their own budgets. Today, their autonomy over finance, and so much more, is such a well-established part of our schools system (where it’s not being hacked away by academy chains) that it’s almost taken for granted.

But this liberty for schools is not a one-way street. It has a darker, difficult side that the pandemic has brought to the fore. Autonomy over budgets and staffing – and ...

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