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‘We don’t need any hero heads’

New powers could put leaders in firing line, says EIS

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Plans to devolve more power to schools have revived the discredited idea of “heroic headteachers” – with the corollary that when things go wrong headteachers will be left in the “firing line”, according to Scotland’s biggest teaching union.

The EIS fears that the idea to devolve more responsibility – which it broadly supports – will be a “poisoned chalice” for headteachers under current proposals.

Those views emerged from an EIS conference for headteachers last Friday, Heads Together for Excellence and Equity, where general secretary Larry Flanagan said the union had initially been “quite ...

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