ERIC Number: EJ766154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 51
New Labour Policy and School Leadership in England: Room for Manoeuvre?
Cambridge Journal of Education, v37 n2 p153-172 Jun 2007
This paper investigates whether predictions about a greater centralization and control in educational policy-making, made after New Labour's election to power in 1997, have been realized since that time, and particularly with respect to educational leadership. It also asks whether recent changes in New Labour policies are likely to provide greater freedom for head teachers in English schools. It does this by means of investigating evidence at global, national and school levels, and in particular draws upon recent interview research by the author with head teachers. The article suggests that whilst the architecture of central steerage and control is still very much in evidence, there are strands of greater policy flexibility, though these may be as much about empowering external sponsors as anything to do with greater professional discretion. However, the research suggests that, whatever happens, there will almost certainly be room for resistance and personal manoeuvre at the school level, which is ultimately dependent upon context and personality.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Educational Policy, Political Attitudes, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)