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expansion bonuses for headteachers

27 November 2012

Headteachers of high-performing schools should receive ‘substantial bonuses’ to take on additional pupils, according to a new study commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE).

The research concluded that the top schools in England had grown ‘barely faster’ than other schools in the last decade, due to weak incentives to expand. Combined with fierce competition for secondary school places, it was highlighted that earlier this year 74,000 children failed to secure their first-preference school.

Payments, including funding for buildings and refurbishments, would be conditional on there being ‘no substantial decline in the school’s performance’ over a five-year expansion period.

This focus on creating extra capacity can be seen as a positive development for schools seeking to establish and join group structures. Allowing good schools to expand will no doubt create greater opportunities for collaboration and raise standards in the process.

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