New charter would turn heads into ‘HR managers’

School leaders say planned reforms risk distancing headship from the classroom

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Ask a headteacher to cite the most important part of their job and they would likely tell you it’s being the leader of learning in their school. But the government’s plans to hand heads more responsibility has led to fears among them that the reforms would distance them from the classroom, with the role amounting to a business and human resources manager, according to an investigation by MSPs.

The director of Scotland’s largest local authority has echoed their concern, warning that if the Headteachers’ Charter – which sets out the SNPs vision for the most senior school-leadership role – enters ...

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