ERIC Number: EJ864868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Special School Headship in Times of Change: Impossible Challenges or Golden Opportunities?
British Journal of Special Education, v36 n4 p191-197 Dec 2009
This article is based on empirical research undertaken by John Baker, headteacher of the largest day special school for pupils with a range of learning difficulties in Essex, as part of his EdD studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. Its focus is on the perceived challenges and opportunities which headteachers of special schools for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) are facing and on the strategies they are using to manage these challenges and opportunities. A group of nine head teachers from one local authority in the southern half of England formed the sample for this study. The methodology employed postal/email questionnaires with follow-up semi-structured interviews with a subgroup of four headteachers. The main challenges identified by the special school headteachers were constant change, relentless school improvement, funding concerns, bureaucracy and maintaining a balance between work and private life. Perceived opportunities included partnership links with other schools and outreach services to mainstream schools; other initiatives such as specialist school status and Building Schools for the Future were also identified. John Baker suggests strategies to help headteachers meet these challenges and ensure that opportunities become realities.
Descriptors: Special Schools, Learning Problems, Interviews, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Students, Higher Education, Questionnaires, Educational Improvement, Partnerships in Education, Mainstreaming, Disabilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)