Commenting on Schools Minister David Laws' announcement that 100 middle leaders will be parachuted into underperforming schools in a bid to raise standards, Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' (ATL) leadership section, said:
"Good collaborative leadership at all levels is vital in order for schools to improve in a sustainable fashion, but it will extremely difficult to develop given the short space of time these new middle leaders will have.
"We would like to see the initiative properly trialled, including ensuring that the seconding schools don't suffer by losing exceptional middle leadership and that improvement in participating schools can be sustained beyond the secondment."
Notes to editors
- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
- ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
- ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.