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Shock treatment

All underperforming schools should adopt "academy style" management to ensure heads can recruit the best teachers and improve results, a report has recommended.

The right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange says heads and governors cannot be effective without freedom to "hire and fire" at will and set their own rates of pay.

The call is based on research suggesting that heads have little direct effect on pupil performance, except through recruiting good teachers.

The report also recommends that underperforming schools be "shocked" into life by sacking management teams and letting private companies take over.

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