Blink and you missed the Department for Education and Skills' consultation on Advanced Skills Teachers, which opened on July 9 and closed on August 21. The Government is proposing a new statutory duty on heads to ensure that ASTs are released for outreach work.
ASTs are supposed to promote best practice in teaching, both in their own school and others. But finding the time to do this has proved problematic. Headteachers' organisations have said new statutory powers are unnecessary.
"The sole condition should be that the duty is discharged only where reasonably practical in the judgment of the head," said the National Association of Headteachers. "Any other condition is entirely at odds with the head's management role."
The consultation paper also proposes that ASTs should not carry management responsibility for staff or resources but should be a member of the senior management team.