Leadership

The Lion That Has Failed to Roar

Head teachers have lost a great deal of their influence and ability to positively affect their schools. Geoff Barton, head of the ASCL, seemed destined to turn this around. After 18 months in the post, however, it appears big changes are unlikely to occur. 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 compliance with 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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