Accountants would make good headteachers, says report

Accounting experts and business executives should be allowed to run some
schools, according to a report by the Department of Education and Skills by

It suggested that business people were needed to run schools where financial
projects were beyond the skillset of traditional headteachers. But confirmed
accounting, HR and project professionals are needed alongside traditional

According to The
the report pointed towards a model where groups of schools
could be overseen by someone in a chief executive-style role, but said that
these leaders must be supported by a head of teaching and learning.

The National Union of Teachers opposed the idea of non-teacher heads.

‘Headteachers across the different areas of education have told the
government they do not believe those without teaching experience can run our
schools,’ said NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott.

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