School and System Leadership: Changing Roles for Primary Headteachers

School and System Leadership: Changing Roles for Primary Headteachers


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School and System Leadership: Changing Roles for Primary Headteachers by Sue Robinson

School leadership is undergoing significant change as headteachers respond to new opportunities and challenges offered to or imposed on them as a result of government policy. There have been increasing calls for transformational change to redesign the school system to provide a suitable workforce for the knowledge economy and to manage the anticipated shortage of future school leaders. Sue Robinson combines her professional experience as a practising primary headteacher and National Leader of Education with recent research into the impact of government policy on the roles of primary heads to offer an analysis of the shifting nature of school leadership. Headteachers have taken advantage of roles available including consultancy, leadership of academies and federations and children's centres.

Including interview material with 27 'outstanding' primary headteachers, this is the first book combining research and practitioner insight to show how:

- heads have managed the educational agenda
- how they have built capacity in school to sustain their new internal and external roles
- their motivations, insights and experiences
- the implications for government educational policy and leadership development

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441186843
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/10/2012
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Robinson is headteacher of a large multi ethnic primary school and children's centre in Birmingham, UK. She was appointed as a National Leader of Education in 2007. Sue is a member of council for BELMAS and has lectured at Warwick University, UK, on educational leadership as part of its MA programme and facilitated for the National College on its Associate Headteacher programme. She has published articles in several jourbanals, newspapers and websites including a regular blog for the National Education Trust, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements / Foreword - David Hopkins / Introduction / Part I: Policy Contexts and the Challenges of Headship / 1. The Changing Landscape of Headship: From Consensus to System Redesign / 2. The Challenges of Headship: Policies and Themes from Labour's Second Term and The Coalition / 3. Changing Roles: Leadership, Management and CPD / Part II: Changing School Organizations and Roles for Headteachers / 4. The Development of New Roles for Headteachers / 5. Changing Internal Roles and System Leadership / 6. Standards, Accountability and Leadership / 7. The Strategic Leader: Building Capacity / Part III: Findings and Implications for School Leadership and Government Policy / 8. Key Findings for School Leadership / 9. Implications and recommendations for Government Policy / References / Index

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