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.

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