HC Deb 24 May 1994 vol 244 c131W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales in what circumstances he will dismiss head teachers; and what will be the process involved.

Sir Wyn Roberts

My right hon. Friend and I expect the governing bodies of all schools to keep under review the performance of the headteacher and consider what action might be appropriate when the school is underperforming. When a school is identified in a report by Her Majesty's inspectorate of schools or a registered inspector as failing to provide acceptable standards of education, and my right hon. Friend is not satisfied with the action the school proposes to take to address the shortcomings, he has the power to establish an education association to take over the running of the school. We would expect any education association to look at the position of the headteacher and other staff in considering its plan of action. My right hon. Friend has the power to require the association to do so.

The circumstances in which headteachers can be fairly dismissed are the same as those for other employees. There can be no hard and fast rules about what action should be taken in respect of the headteacher: each case would have to be considered on its merits. Any dismissal would have to be in accordance with the procedures and requirements set out in the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978.

Species 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Buzzard 10 1 1 1 4
Kestrel 1 0 0 0 0
Sparrowhawk 0 0 0 0 0

The only confirmed shootings of any of these species during the period were those of two buzzards in 1992.