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Simon, Catherine A.; James, Chris; Simon, Alan – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2021
In England, schools are able to take on academy status, which is intended by the central government to give them greater autonomy (DfE, 2018). Groups of academies can form multi-academy trusts (MATs), which typically grow in size with additional schools becoming academies and joining. One mechanism for MAT growth is sponsorship, which occurs when…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Charter Schools, School Administration, Educational Improvement
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Gilbride, Neil; James, Chris; Carr, Sam – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2021
The way school principals make sense of the context of their work shapes their actions. As in all adults, principals' sense-making capability is a function of the ego and can change over time. Adult ego development theory describes distinct, qualitatively different stages of sense-making ability. The research reported here assessed the adult ego…
Descriptors: Principals, Adults, School Administration, Administrator Behavior
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Connolly, Michael; James, Chris; Fertig, Michael – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2019
Educational management and educational leadership are central concepts in understanding organising in educational institutions but their meaning, the difference between them and their value in educational organising remain the subject of debate. In this article, we analyse and contrast the two concepts. We conclude that educational management…
Descriptors: Differences, Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Educational Responsibility
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Eddy-Spicer, David; Bubb, Sara; Earley, Peter; Crawford, Megan; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2019
This article reports on research into headteacher performance management in England. The English school system couples organisational autonomy with close scrutiny of educational outcomes. The management of the performance of headteachers is a central aspect of such a system. The research involved a systematic literature review and the collection…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Accountability, Administrator Effectiveness
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Forrest, Colin; Goodall, Janet; Hill, Ron; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2018
In England, further education college and sixth form college governing bodies are required to appoint a clerk to administer and advise on governing procedure and practice. In this article we report research which aimed to understand and theorise about the role and the associated responsibilities. We analysed the relevant literatures, carried out a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Governance, Adult Education, National Surveys
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Hawkins, Melissa; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2018
The rationale for this article is to give complexity the central place it warrants in school leadership, management and organisational practice and research. We analyse the relevant literature, particularly that relating to complex human systems and their loose coupling nature. The analysis reveals the dimensions of complex human systems and…
Descriptors: School Administration, Difficulty Level, Interaction, Teacher Student Relationship
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Hill, Ron; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
This article reports research into the role and responsibilities of the chairs of governing bodies of further education colleges and sixth-form colleges in England. Further education colleges and sixth-form colleges represent a significant part of post-16 educational provision in England. Every college in the sector has a governing body, which has…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Governance, Governing Boards
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Cottrell, Matthew; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2016
The experience of headteacher socialization has been described as challenging and often traumatic for new headteachers. The research reported in this article provides a theoretical explanation of that experience by analysing the socialization of new primary school headteachers in England from a role boundary perspective. The role boundary is the…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Socialization
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Dale, Di; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2015
Educational change can call up a range of feelings that can pose a number of problems for those experiencing and/or organizing it. This article analyses the processes of educational change from a psychodynamic standpoint. In particular it explores affective containment, which enables feelings to be fully experienced and to be used productively. an…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Psychological Patterns, Case Studies, Postsecondary Education
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Connolly, Michael; James, Chris – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2011
Debates about governance, across the public sector, including education, continue to generate a substantial literature. The intention of this article is to engage with these debates by reviewing the articles in this special edition. In this review article, we first consider the wider context of the articles by revisiting some of the central…
Descriptors: Governance, Public Sector, Public Education, State Government
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James, Chris; Brammer, Steve; Connolly, Michael; Fertig, Mike; James, Jane; Jones, Jeff – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2011
This article reports research into the nature and functioning of school governing bodies in different socio-economic and performance contexts. The research analysed 5000 responses from a national questionnaire-based survey and undertook 30 case studies of school governing. The research confirmed that school governing in England is a complex and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Boards of Education, Governance, Difficulty Level
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James, Chris; Connolly, Michael; Dunning, Gerald; Elliott, Tony – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2007
The purpose of this article is to make the case for a broader perspective on school leadership and school-environment interrelationships and to develop the concept of systemic leadership for schools and the related notion of systemic authorization. The article explores the background to the concept and relevant aspects of the conceptualization,…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Schools, Academic Achievement
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James, Chris; Colebourne, David – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2004
Recent policy developments are changing the work of local education authorities (LEAs) in Wales requiring them to play a broader role in the community and a significant role in raising educational achievement. LEAs are obligated to set out their improvement targets in institutional plans and are called to account by external inspection, which…
Descriptors: School Districts, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Operations Research