Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted Susannah Ireland Weak headeachers are responsible for too many of the country’s brightest teachers quitting the classroom, the chief schools inspector has warned, as the Government called for precocious twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships. Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of the education standards watchdog Ofsted, called for more “battlers, bruisers and battle-axes“ to be appointed to run state secondary schools “to fight for better standards”. Too many secondary school heads are putting up with pupils whose uniforms were “all over…

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Wilshaw: golden handcuffs needed to plug brain drain and solve ‘critical’ teacher shortages

Ofsted chief speaks of need to reverse ‘teacher brain drain’ from the UK New teachers should be given golden-handcuffs deals, to prevent them from leaving the country as soon as they qualify, the Ofsted’s chief inspector has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw warned this morning that there is “a teacher brain drain from this country, just when the supply issue is reaching situation critical”. Writing in his monthly commentary, Sir Michael pointed out that a growing number of newly qualified teachers were leaving to work in international branches of elite private…

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