Schools 'too often asked to make up for wider failings'
Schools are too often asked to make up for wider failings in families and communities, the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.
"Schools can step into the vacuum, setting good examples where few exist at home," he said.
He told the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders that schools' moral purpose had never been more important.
But, he said, all was not wonderful in the garden.
Sir Michael was speaking on the first day of the Birmingham conference.
The association's leadership has already complained that its members are demoralised with around half considering leaving the profession.
In his speech he said: "So much is expected of school and college leaders. Believe me, I know from my own experience what a tough job it is; and how leadership can be lonely, daunting and occasionally gut wrenchingly difficult. "
Read more ... (BBC News - 23 March)