Heads want real test

26th February 1999 at 00:00
QUALIFICATIONS alone are no guarantee of success as a school leader, the Headteachers' Association of Scotland cautioned as ministers launched plans yesterday (Thursday) for improving the quality of management.

Proven ability as a member of a leadership team, preferably in more than one school, is essential, the HAS says.

George Ross, the association's general secretary, welcomed the Scottish Qualification for Headship, spelt out in the recent White Paper, as a basis for setting consistent standards but said it was important those delivering and assessing it have high credibility.

Mr Ross was commenting as the Education Minister told an audience at Penicuik High, Midlothian, that leadership was crucial to raising standards. Helen Liddell wants the Scottish parliament to make the qualification mandatory. Mrs Liddell said: "We need headteachers who can develop a vision for their schools and who can generate commitment and support for that vision from pupils, staff, parents and the wider community."

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