I am so disappointed with the NAHT and headteachers who have shown no professional leadership or gumption over the last twenty-five years or so. They have allowed successive governments to dictate education policy, headteachers remit seems to be to carry out government policy rather that to deliver what is the best interest of their pupils.
For instance the league tables have by and large dictated the content on the school curriculum, when ICT counted for Four GCSE's it was very prominent on the timetable now that the E-Bac is on the agenda these same heads are reconfiguring their staff to take on more teachers of MFL, and humanities.
If Michael Gove had not made his pronouncements on E-bacc subjects would they be recruiting these teachers? Gove keeps on saying that headteachers know what is best for their schools, if only they did and if only they had the courage to stand by their convictions.
Sadly, successive governments have bought the headteachers silence by offering them higher salaries and more autonomy. Headteachers in some of our high schools and academies are becoming less involved with their students and more interested in being CEO's and engaging in project management and empire building. Just the thing to get on board testosterone fuelled professionals.
Education has lost its way and our headteachers are largely culpable for their lack of professional integrity and focus. The profession is now attracting mercenaries rather than those committed to teaching and improving the prospects for children and young people. Sad, sad, sad.