Good business

16th February 2007 at 00:00
I read with interest your feature on the first non-teacher to qualify to run a state school ("Off with her headship", TES, February 2) and was sad to hear that this has not been welcomed by the teaching community.

Kerry Callaghan's business experience can only be a benefit to teachers and students. With the constant administration and regulatory pressures facing teachers, effective financial management and efficiency are becoming core components for schools. While I understand teachers' opposition, many would surely agree that they would be happy to see an end to the administrative burden so that they can dedicate more time to doing what they enjoy most - teaching and inspiring their students.

By having a leader with business acumen, schools can benefit from similar processes that help businesses around the world to be creative, efficient and effective.

Tony Speakman

Regional manager for northern Europe, FileMaker, Bourne End, Bucks

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