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ERIC Number: EJ805868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Whither Headship?
Male, Trevor
Management in Education, v20 n4 p11-13 2006
Headship in England was radically altered in nature in 1988 by the Education Reform Act which introduced the principle of local management of schools. Despite this legislative intervention, however, the model of headship in England remained virtually unchanged, rather it was headteacher behaviour that changed. The maintained school system is still based on the principle that each school has its own identity and serves a community which is usually geographically defined. The role of headteacher had evolved since the inception of a compulsory education system for the nation's children in the latter stages of the nineteenth century that was posited on the notion that not only should there be a formal head of the school, but also that person should be both responsible for and directly involved in the teaching and student learning taking place within. In this article, the author discusses the potential revolution of the nature of schooling and the model of headship. He highlights four factors that threaten to fundamentally change the model of headship in the future. These are: (1) headteacher shortage; (2) headteacher qualification; (3) federations; and (4) a widening remit for schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)