It's an interesting time to be headteacher - or not be a headteacher. Many schools are struggling to recruit as insufficient numbers of candidates put themselves forward for the top job. The accountability system - along with the high stakes - can leave heads feeling more nervous about their long-term prospects than one of Henry VIII's wives.
Against this backdrop, how anyone in government thought it would be a good idea to threaten primary leaders with the sack if pupils didn't know their times tables is simply staggering. Especially, coming as it did, just before the results and proposed solutions to the Workload Challenge.
In their response, education secretary Nicky Morgan and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg even acknowledged that "pressure from outside is a major factor - pressure from school leaders, from Ofsted (whether real or perceived) and, yes, from government". Left hand, right hand, anyone? Perhaps someone could supply ministers with mittens suitably marked to make things easier.
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