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A week in primary: 4 May 2018

Headteachers lack the skills and experience needed to handle more autonomy, according to consultation responses on the Education Bill. Concerns have also been raised about a rise in heads’ workload, as well as the risk of new responsibilities distracting them from teaching. The government this week published an analysis of 870 responses to the bill, which includes a “headteachers’ charter”. It has prompted particular doubts over primary and rural heads’ capacity to take on more responsibility.

Growing numbers of parents are battling to send their children away to residential special schools ...

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