Head teachers hurt by Mulkerrin’s bigger is better claim
Wednesday 9th October 2013, 11:00AM BST.
LARGER schools can attract ‘more experienced’ and ‘outstanding’ head teachers because they can be paid more, the man who reviewed primary and secondary education has said.
Denis Mulkerrin, a non-States member on the Education board, faced criticism, heckling and hostility from St Andrew’s parents as he outlined the ‘benefits and flexibility’ of larger schools.
Backing Education’s proposed closure of the St Andrew’s Primary and St Sampson’s Infants, Mr Mulkerrin said that on the whole more people would apply for higher salary posts at larger schools and therefore outstanding candidates could be attracted.
‘Larger schools are able to offer higher salaries to head teachers,’ he said. ‘Because of that larger schools, on the whole, actually attract more experienced head teachers.’
St Andrew’s Primary head teacher Linda Paley was backed by both parents and staff for her leadership, but said yesterday she was hurt by the comments.
‘I am very hurt and disappointed by the comments made last night [Monday],’ she said.