Teacher con­cerns

The Galloway News - - INTIMATION­S -

Con­cerns have been voiced over plans to give head teach­ers more pow­ers.

Coun­cil­lors feel heads across the re­gion al­ready have a “lot of au­ton­omy” and ques­tioned whether they would want to take on more ad­min­is­tra­tion roles.

The chil­dren, young peo­ple and life­long learn­ing com­mit­tee was pon­der­ing its re­sponse to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Em­pow­er­ing Schools Bill which seeks to im­ple­ment a “head teach­ers’ char­ter” de­signed to hand over more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties about run­ning schools.

Their views, a con­tri­bu­tion to the con­sul­ta­tion process, were due back with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment on Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter the meet­ing ended.

Coun­cil­lors took the view such a move would not nec­es­sar­ily im­prove out­comes for chil­dren in the class­room which is one of the coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties.

Chair­man Jeff Leaver said: “The fun­da­men­tal prob­lem here is our head teach­ers in Dum­fries and Gal­loway do have a lot of au­ton­omy al­ready which was a process over the years to de­volve more pow­ers and this could frag­ment that sys­tem.

“Teach­ers get into the job to teach not to take on bu­reau­cratic roles or more ad­min­is­tra­tion roles and add to an al­ready large work­load.”

COSL A , the lo­cal gov­ern­ment um­brella group, takes the same line ar­gu­ing the pro­posal “would not im­prove ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment” and would add to the dif­fi­cul­ties in at­tract­ing head teach­ers.

And that is backed by teach­ing trade union the EIS which re­vealed 88 per cent of mem­bers were against the char­ter.

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