SQH 'may be a barrier'

9th September 2005 at 01:00
Scottish councils admit they have problems recruiting heads in primary and secondary, and particularly in primary.

The difficulties are revealed in an occasional paper on headteacher appointment procedures by the national continuing professional development team. It notes that one council wants a higher marketing profile for heads'

posts.

It also records fears that the Scottish Qualification for Headship is placing barriers in the way of recruitment. It may exclude other excellent candidates who are not qualified through the new course.

Authorities appreciate the value of the headship programmes but "question whether successful completion of SQH is in itself a sufficient guarantee that a candidate is ready to take up headship at that point". The qualification "itself was little used in the selection process".

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