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SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, INSPECTION AND VISIBILITY: PANOPTICISM AND POST-PANOPTICISM IN AN ENGLISH COASTAL AREA OF DEPRIVATION

Colman, A; (2021) SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, INSPECTION AND VISIBILITY: PANOPTICISM AND POST-PANOPTICISM IN AN ENGLISH COASTAL AREA OF DEPRIVATION. British Journal of Educational Studies 10.1080/00071005.2021.1897518. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper contributes to recent debates pertaining to neoliberal technologies of performativity including fabrication, panopticism and post-panopticism. These terms are discussed here in relation to constant visibility from recent school inspection arrangements in England and the impact of this on school leadership. Case study research within one seaside town was drawn from two schools, one, a state primary school and the other, a state secondary school, located within an area of deprivation. Both schools had been judged as requires improvement by Ofsted, but immediately before the fieldwork commenced, the secondary school received a judgment of good. Fourteen semi-structured interviews with thirteen leaders in a range of roles were undertaken to examine the conditions created by school inspection. Data is considered in relation to the features of panopticism and post-panopticism and shows leaders experience constant visibility, the pressures of performing to shifting expectations, and resultant staffing instability. This is not conducive to leaders working to improve schools, particularly those serving areas of deprivation.

Type: Article
Title: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP, INSPECTION AND VISIBILITY: PANOPTICISM AND POST-PANOPTICISM IN AN ENGLISH COASTAL AREA OF DEPRIVATION
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2021.1897518
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2021.1897518
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Education & Educational Research, fabrication, panopticism, post-panopticism, inspection, leadership
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139485
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