Executive Leadership

The Lion That Has Failed to Roar

Head teachers have lost a great deal of their influence and ability to positively affect the education environment over the last decade. Geoff Barton, head of the ASCL, seemed destined to turn this around. But is his softly, softly approach the right one? SLT editor Howard Sharron reports.
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When Geoff Barton was elected by popular acclamation to the top post in ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders), against the recommendation of its national council, a frisson of excitement went through the profession. Was this a sign at last that the worm was turning? After years of meek submission to a radically hostile government and its main apparatus of compliance, Ofsted, was this a portent that headteachers had had enough and were prepared to fight back?

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