Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' leadership section, said: "We welcome the move to address the supply of under-represented groups in school leadership positions. However, this work needs to be closely evaluated for effectiveness as it has all the appearance of the National College; simply passing its responsibilities onto schools using the ruse of support for a 'school led system'.
"While these grants may lead to improvements locally there needs to be a national strategy to ensure that success is not patchy and the chances of potential leaders are not dependent on a postcode lottery. More also needs to be done to encourage governors to be more open to selecting appropriately qualified school leaders from under-represented groups for headship roles."
Notes to editors
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