ERIC Number: ED337419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Role of Headteachers in England and Wales.
This paper uses the research findings of a longitudinal national study to examine the changing role of headteachers (principals) in England and Wales. The first section provides some basic information about the United Kingdom education system and a short historical perspective on the traditional role of the headteacher. Education in the United Kingdom is currently undergoing unprecedented change; legislation, particularly the Education Reform Act of 1988, is bringing about restructuring on a national scale. In the first part of the paper, these reforms are discussed and compared with reforms occurring in other countries. The second half of the paper is concerned with the headteachers' views on the changing situation, as well as with the changes that take place as new headteachers settle into the job. Over 80 percent of the headteachers interviewed as part of the national study maintained that their roles had changed considerably, that they were now much more concerned with responses to external initiatives, management and administration, public relations, and staff support. In addition, these headteachers indicated that the volume of work had increased significantly. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education Reform Act 1988 (England); England; Head Teachers; Wales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).