I’m not one to say, ‘I told you so,’ but it comes as no surprise to me that the first school in the country to be led by a person with no classroom experience has just been put into special measures again.
Richard Rose Academy in Carlisle, Cumbria had Peter Noble appointed chief executive in 2008. He was previously a health service manager!
Why are we not surprised that an NHS pen pusher, who’d never taught a single lesson, was unable to run a school? This is testimony to the necessity for teachers and school leaders to have been trained by other experienced teaching professionals. It is also inexcusable to think a school leader could succeed without, at the very least, three to five years class based experience. In my view, it takes five years to fully get to grips with teaching children properly, after that you’re still learning new things too (or you should be!) How can an individual hope to lead teachers without understanding and experiencing what teaching is? They can’t!
The likes of Gove need to wake up and understand that schools are not businesses and will fail if you try to make them into corporate institutions run by big shot ‘managers.’