Putting the Professionals in Charge

It is thought as many as 500 high performing state schools in England could break free from the dead hand of council control by the start of the new school year. The Tory pledge to allow this conversion into semi-independent academies would give headmasters power over the curriculum, qualifications, staff, budgets and admissions. Far from being the destroyer of state education as Brown and Balls would have us believe, this Tory reform will stop heads being “baseball batted by Labour bureaucracy”. Of course such freedom must be combined with rigorous accountability, but it is manifestly obvious that professionals should be in charge of all British schools. The unlikely idea that constant interference from local political hacks will produce better educational results has surely been tested to destruction by New Labour.

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