Heads sought for struggling schools


Headteachers are being encouraged to take up posts in struggling schools in seaside towns and rural areas under new plans by the Lib Dems.

A champions league of top performing heads and deputy heads will be recruited centrally then dispatched to primaries and secondaries across England that are failing, struggling to recruit staff or based in areas of deprivation.

Incentives will be offered to attract the best school leaders, which could include better pay, relocation packages and professional development support, though the details are yet to be finalised.

The first team of up to 30 headteachers are expected to be in place by September 2014.

Under the school reforms, headteachers will put themselves forward for the talent squad and will then go through a rigorous selection process.

Successful candidates will be matched with schools that have volunteered for the scheme. Extra cash to fund the pay and perks for headteachers will come from the Department for Education's budget.

Nick Clegg said: "We're looking for experienced headteachers ready for a new challenge, or bright deputy heads looking to take the next step and lead a school.

"If you are selected, we'd need you to make a real commitment to the school, its staff and its children.

"You'll receive help to relocate to the areas where you're needed and the necessary professional support to turn around your school. And we will work to help you in your new role taking on this challenging school.

"T his is entirely voluntary. No one will be forced to accept one of these positions or move.

"We want the first of these leaders to be in place from September 2014.

"Initially the scheme will start small, but our ambition is for this team to become as important to our education system as Teach First."

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