Headteachers and Governing Bodies: A match made in heaven?
Once upon a time, I heard a psychologist talking on the radio about what makes a happy marriage. You’d think the answer might take up several volumes. Not true.
“What can you do to guarantee a happy marriage?” he said.
“Marry a happy person”, he answered.
At this time of year when hundreds, maybe thousands, of governing bodies are appointing a new headteacher, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the relationship between governors and the headteacher is critical in the success of a school – whatever model of school it is. Much hard thought goes into the nature of this relationship and how to ac... Read More
Making children homeless: A challenge to the Pupil Premium
Last year, we reported on the impact of the government’s clampdown on benefits. The cost of housing low-income families in wealthy areas is rising dramatically. The response of local authorities such as Westminster is to shift families into Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Such accommodation is, of course, not always readily available in the catchment areas of the school attended by the children of these families. So it’s a Double Whammy: Lose your home – lose your school place – oh, and your friends and leisure pursuits and knowledge of where’s safe and not safe – and bec... Read More