NCSL: 'Recession won't spare schools'

19th June 2009 at 01:00

Tough economic conditions will lead to schools sharing headteachers and having to devise innovative new leadership schemes as education budgets tighten, experts have said.

One of the priorities of the National College for School Leadership for the next year will be helping senior staff to understand the "austere times" ahead. According to Steve Munby, the college's chief executive, schools will not be immune to the tough conditions.

The college expects to provide extra training on federations and sharing teachers for certain subjects, such as music.

Mr Munby says he expects headteachers to show innovative leadership, rather than introducing across-the-board cuts when faced with a loss of funding.

"They should be making changes now, rather than having to make rushed decisions one or two years down the line," Mr Munby said.

"Of course, what they do will vary from place to place, but we do think there will be an increase in sharing resources - especially in music, sport and languages."

The college thinks the number of federations, which have so far proved popular in rural areas and where a school has been in special measures, will increase as local authorities look to make savings.

Mr Munby, who spoke about the recession to 1,800 people at the college's fifth annual Seizing Success leadership conference, said the employment of school business managers was also an effective way for headteachers to be more efficient.

"Innovative leadership is about showing creativity and I think there will be stronger collaborations between schools in the future," he said.

The organisation is due to be renamed the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services from this September, but this will be shortened to the National College.

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