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ERIC Number: ED574411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: 978-1-911039-10-5
Executive Headteachers: What's in a Name? A Full Report of the Findings
Lord, Pippa; Wespieser, Karen; Harland, Jennie; Fellows, Tom; Theobald, Katy
National Foundation for Educational Research
Executive headteachers (EHTs) are becoming increasingly prevalent as the self-improving school system matures; there are over 620 EHTs in the school workforce today; and the number recorded in the School Workforce Census (SWC) has increased by 240 per cent between 2010 and 2014. The role is still evolving locally and nationally and, as EHTs take responsibility for ever more schools in England, their role will be crucial to the effectiveness of multi-school groupings in the self-improving school system. This study adds clarity to the evidence on the role and responsibilities of EHTs, the structural arrangements in which they work, and the skills and experience they need. It is based on a review of 15 HT and 15 EHT application packs, secondary analysis of the SWC, and 12 in-depth case studies with EHTs and their colleagues. It is a collaboration between the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), the National Governors' Association (NGA) and The Future Leaders Trust (TFLT). This full report of findings includes key messages and recommendations for policy and practice, explains why executive headteachers (EHTs) matter, describes the distinctive characteristics and distribution of EHTs, discusses the circumstances under which schools appoint an EHT, and outlines the facilitating factors, challenges, and development of the EHT role. [This report was co-published by The Future Leaders Trust. For the executive summary, see ED574408. For the Technical Appendix, see ED574412. For the Review of Literature, see ED574415. For the Case Study Compendium, see ED574414.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (England); National Governors Association
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)