How helping heads might distract;Letter
Why should one person be rewarded for the work undertaken by many? Schools are not examination factories dependent alone in the managerial skills of a director. They are collegiate institutions where any measurable product is the outcome of a host of collaborative efforts from pupils and staff.
What heads do need are a set of reasonable managerial tasks which enable them to practice that which they are expert in, that is, teaching. They need, as do all teachers, tolerable working conditions and appropriate administrative support.
Mr Woodhead needs to ask himself his own question: will rewarding heads in this way "help teachers better or might it distract them from their key task?"
Senior professional officer Professional Association of Teachers Friar Gate Derby