• Heads' anxiety peaked before lockdown and school reopenings, finds UCL study

    Anxiety among headteachers peaked after partial school closures and phased reopenings were announced, but teachers’ wellbeing stayed “largely the same” during lockdown, according to a new study. Analysis of survey data collected by Teacher Tapp by UCL and paid-for by the Nuffield Foundation found that 38 per cent of heads reported “very high” work-related anxiety

    0.01 Sep. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Heads' faith in A-levels slumps

    Headteachers’ faith in AS and A-levels slumped after last year’s exam series, a new survey shows. Ofqual has published its latest perceptions survey, which is based on YouGov polling of various stakeholders, including 292 school leaders, last autumn. Although the survey shows little change in attitudes among school leaders towards GCSEs, faith in AS and

    12.43 Jul. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Heads struggle to keep up with DfE guidance updates

    School leaders have had to read almost 100 updates to government guidance during the coronavirus crisis – a quarter of them published during antisocial hours. Analysis by Schools Week found the government has published 29 guidance documents or announcements for schools about the pandemic since mid-February, and issued 94 coronavirus-related updates for the sector. The

    5.00 Jun. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Final schools reopening decision 'to be made on May 28'

    Ministers will make the final decision on whether to press ahead with its schools reopening plan on May 28, a union leader has revealed. Geoff Barton (pictured above left), the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the government will “review the latest science” next Thursday, and that the return of

    10.09 May. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Heads can refuse to reopen schools if they don’t think it's safe, say leadership unions

    Headteachers can refuse to reopen their schools to more pupils if they don’t believe they can do so safely, leadership unions have warned. The National Association of Head Teachers and the Association of School and College Leaders, which between them represent tens of thousands of senior and middle leaders, said the final decision on whether

    13.03 May. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Government must say why it wants to reopen schools, say heads

    The government must explain why it wants to reopen schools in order to build “confidence and agreement” in its plans, headteachers have said. Leadership union ASCL has published a summary of its members’ responses to questions posed by the Department for Education about the reopening of schools. The document reveals the government is considering plans

    16.20 May. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted framework: Heads warn audit culture will ‘switch’ to exercise books

    Headteachers have dismissed Ofsted’s claims that its new inspection framework will reduce workload, warning that a proposed shift from internal data to pupils’ books will only create more problems. The watchdog has proposed that inspectors no longer look at schools’ internal assessment data, admitting that its collection can create extra work for teachers. Instead they

    7.00 Jan. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: the lack of diversity in education leadership roles

    Only three per cent of the largest academy trusts in the country are led by non-white bosses, a new analysis by Schools Week has found. Revealing a stark diversity gap in education’s top jobs, our study suggests just two chief executives of the 72 academy trusts with 15 schools or more are black, Asian and

    5.00 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Headteachers Roundtable Summit 2018: Be bold, stay ethical and keep learning at the heart of solutions

    Insufficient funding, excessive accountability, poor teacher retention and limited school autonomy were the core issues which 200 heads tackled last Friday at the second Headteachers Roundtable. The 2018 summit kicked off with opening remarks by the chair, Stephen Tierney, followed by Schools Week’s very own Laura McInerney, who grilled Robert Halfon on his recent work

    7.00 Mar. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Headteachers: take back control of school audit culture!

    The endless papertrails modern school life seemingly requires are now actively making things worse for our overworked teachers. Becky Allen explains how to change all that Teaching should be the best job in the world. It has all the components of a satisfying profession: autonomy, impact, purpose and a sense of human connection. So why

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Superhead researchers reveal 9 indicators of a successful 'turnaround' headteacher

    Heads with the best long-term school improvement plans are often nearly fired two years into the job simply because they don’t get “quick exam results”, according to a new study by controversial management researchers Ben Laker and Alex Hill. Boards expect to see better exam results almost immediately under the regime of a new headteacher,

    23.00 Sep. 14th, 2017 | News