Commenting on Tristram Hunt's announcement of Labour's vision to drive up headteacher standards, Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' (ATL) leadership section, said:
"AMiE welcomes Labour's announcement of a School Leadership Institute. The coalition Government's laissez-faire approach to school leadership qualifications has been disastrous, both in terms of the dramatic decline in numbers taking the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and in terms of the quality of the NPQH programme. Lack of support and effective CPD for school leaders has resulted in a recruitment and retention crisis.
"Whilst it is important that school leaders have good management skills in order to manage significant school budgets, the core purpose of school leadership is to lead teaching and learning - it is in this area that school leaders need much more effective, relevant and up to date continuing professional development.
"AMiE will look to work closely with the Labour party to develop these proposals, building upon the expertise and experience of its nearly 5000 school leader members."
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.