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School leaders survey 2013

27 November 2013
Over three years into the Government’s education reform programme – arguably one of the most extensive in recent history – the time felt right to take a barometer of opinion from school leaders. Inevitably, there will many who have concerns about the pace and direction of travel and this survey provides a valuable independent barometer of satisfaction with policy, confidence levels and priorities for the future. As our survey shows the pace of reform is a challenge for school leaders.

Key findings 

  • the introduction of the Pupil Premium has been a resounding success with 72% satisfied with its introduction of which 13% are very satisfied
  • nearly three quarters of school leaders (72%) are dissatisfied with the Government’s free schools programme
  • plans by the Government to get tough on disruptive behaviour in the classroom has been met with a chorus of approval with 72% of school leaders satisfied
  • around seven out of ten school leaders (69%) are dissatisfied with Ofsted and the current inspection regime
  • two-thirds are dissatisfied with the Government’s policy towards the development of special educational needs provision
  • investing in the school estate is a high priority with 68% of school leaders looking to build and/or carry out significant capital works
  • becoming an academy in the next 12 months is a priority for one in three maintained primary schools in England.

About the research

Research for the school leaders survey 2013 was carried out between 30 September and 14 October 2013. 223 school leaders took part in the survey, of which 156 were headteachers. The remainder included CEOs, MDs, Executive Principals, Principals, Executive Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers and Principals. 60% of schools that took part were maintained and 40% academies. Of the total 68% were primary with 32% secondary. Where the results do not add up to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding. Schools leaders survey report 2013  

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