Labour are proposing partnerships between schools and businesses, to help in the more complex areas of running a school, from budgets to managing large numbers of staff.
The shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt believes that the lack of support for headteachers in these areas is a reason for poor Ofsted ratings.
“Business leaders, headteachers and government all have a part to play in delivering the best education for every child, in every classroom, in every school. By working together we can ensure all schools, all children and all businesses benefit from the top quality leadership needed for headteachers to manage effectively.”
With the average secondary school head managing a budget of around £4.5 million, and employing 130 staff, Labour feel many school leaders require help and assistance from outside businesses.
Labour’s proposal has been met with a positive reaction from the Confederation of British Industry. John Cridland, the director general has said, ““Businesses have a major role to play in supporting school leaders to develop the skills demanded in a 21st-century education system, from managing large staff numbers to handling significant school budgets.”
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