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ERIC Number: EJ807219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Remodelling the School Workforce: Developing Perspectives on Headteacher Workload
Gunter, Helen; Rayner, Steve; Thomas, Hywel; Fielding, Antony; Butt, Graham; Lance, Ann
Management in Education, v18 n3 p6-11 2004
load has been highlighted by recent studies, including work for the DfES by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC 2001) and by the Office for Manpower Economics (OME) for the School Teachers' Review Body (DfES 2000). The PwC report concluded that teachers and headteachers work more intensive weeks than other comparable managers and professionals. This heavy and intensified workload is made more complex by how heads feel about their work, and in particular the impact of the corrosive effects of performative processes and the addiction of "greedy work" (Gronn 2003). This is not just an issue for education in England but is a feature of site-based restructured schools from the 1980s, and Billot's (2003) study in New Zealand shows that principals report significant role overload. This article focuses on headteacher workload and presents an analysis of questionnaire data on working hours and viewpoints from the interviews at both the baseline and post-intervention stages. This is followed by a review of questions that could be explored to undertake a critical evaluation of the Transforming School Workforce (TSW) Pathfinder Project, an initiative launched by DfES in 2002 to secure significant reductions in the current weekly hours worked by teachers and to increase the proportion of teachers' working week that is spent teaching, or on tasks directly related to teaching, followed by an analysis of the research and theorizing needed by the field to enable the authors to continue to work for educational leadership. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom (England)