Sacking heads and putting super-teachers in schools that get a poor Ofsted report are amongst measures the Conservatives will introduce if they win the next election.
David Cameron has promised wider and more rapid powers to improve failing schools in England, the Independent reports.
Eight regional school commissioners will be given increased powers to get rid of governors and headteachers in schools identified by Ofsted as failing, and remove these schools from local authority control. At the moment the commissioners oversee academies and free schools, but not schools run by LAs.
However, this may exacerbate the existing shortage of headteachers; according to John Daly from Eteach Appoint, schools are being forced to fill headship positions by recruiting retired heads on an interim basis.
If he is still Prime Minister after the 2015 election, David Cameron also wants to create a pool of elite teachers that can be sent to schools where they are most needed. By 2020 the National Teacher Service will have 1,500 teachers at its disposal, to help underperforming schools anywhere in England.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “We have witnessed a revolution in school standards over the past four years, with more young people being taught in good or outstanding schools today than ever before. But there is more to do, and the next phase of the plan must go further and faster in targeting the schools where failure has become ingrained.”
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