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ERIC Number: ED443178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 22
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School Leadership in English Schools at the Close of the 20th Century: Puzzles, Problems and Cultural Insights.
Southworth, Geoff
This paper discusses the headship (principalship) in English schools so as to trace the cultural and historical antecedents of educational leadership in England. It focuses on three perceptions: (1) School leadership in England continues to be preoccupied with organizational power relations; (2) These relations tend to sustain the domination of leaders in "their" schools; and (3) Such a configuration of authority has implications for schooling and democracy. The paper examines the many reforms of the 1990s, dividing them into two groups: those reforms introduced by conservatives and those initiated by the Labor Party. Numerous themes arose from these reforms, such as competition, decentralization and centralization, accountability, and school improvement, and each of these themes is examined. How these reforms have affected the headship in English schools, such as the increased emphasis on leadership and management, is treated at length. The paper concludes that while school leadership reflects and sustains historical and cultural traditions, traditions are not immutable. Over the last decade corporatist and capitalist values of choice, competition, and consumerism have been explicitly added to bureaucratic and managerial values. Furthermore, shared leadership is largely contingent upon the individual headteacher's preferences and seems to be a concession that headteachers grant to others. (Contains 31 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)