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ERIC Number: ED453188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 11
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The Professional Induction of Headteachers in England: Findings from the IBPS Project.
Male, Trevor
This paper describes a study in which questionnaires were mailed to 50 British beginning headteachers to examine professional induction, highlighting the means by which respondents journeyed from teacher to principal. The survey focused on how the process of professional development evolved; the extent to which a headteacher, given some external constraints, could autonomously develop a local policy; how beginning headteachers could influence the existing school and the development of individual teachers; and what encourages and discourages people from aspiring to headship. Data from 27 respondents indicated that the most common prior experiences which helped respondents adapt to their new roles were: support of the previous headteacher in providing development opportunities as a deputy headteacher; time as an acting headteacher; and the National Professional Qualification for Headship preservice certification process. The most urgent problems immediately facing them were teacher recruitment and buildings and accommodations. Respondents noted a need to develop skills in budget setting and maintenance, as well as in decision making and prioritizing. They attempted to develop these skills through focused training or by working with peers or more experienced colleagues. The local education authority was the most regular contact point for respondents seeking support and advice. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)