Warning on 'cloned' heads

9th January 1998 at 00:00
The Government's training scheme for headteachers is at risk of turning out "clones" who will submit to the educational whims of ministers, a heads' leader has warned.

John Sutton, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, said the process of raising the professionalism of heads might "introduce factory-farming into education and turn headship into just another middle-management treadmill".

He advised prospective and existing headteachers to look beyond the professional qualification and the check-list of compentencies which accompanies it.

"There will always be the magic ingredient in education, whether delivered in the classroom or by inspired leadership, which defies measurement and sends forth into the world well-rounded, enquiring, spirited and happy human beings," he added.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today