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ERIC Number: EJ807227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Gender and Headship in 2004: Reflections on Work in Progress
Coleman, Marianne
Management in Education, v18 n4 p23-27 2004
Most teachers in both secondary and primary schools are women, but most heads of secondary schools are men and the proportion of men who are heads in primary schools is large in comparison to the overall number of women in primary teaching. However, the proportion of women who are headteachers and deputy headteachers is growing. Although there are changes in the numbers of women holding senior leadership positions in schools, particularly in the secondary sector, a male teacher still has a very much greater chance of being a headteacher than a woman in all school phases. In March 2004, the National College of School Leadership (NCSL) funded a survey of headteachers in England which focused on gender. Samples of women and men secondary, primary and special school headteachers were taken from a database supplied by DfES and the overall response rate was 46%. The response rates for women were higher than for men: 56% of women secondary and special school heads and 45% of women primary heads, with the lowest response rate of 35% of men heads of primary schools. The analysis of the data is still in progress as the title suggests. This article focuses on the experience of women and men headteachers once in post. Data from secondary, special and primary heads are presented and some comparisons drawn with the data collected from secondary heads in the latter part of the 1990s. The sample from the special schools was quite small, but the results are generally similar to those from secondary schools, so that in this article, special school heads are generally not considered separately.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)